In an incredible moment of transparency and openness, CD Projekt Red have just released a statement that the theft of internal documents and that a ransom is being demanded for them to be kept secret. The company, which is best known for The Witcher series, state that these documents include early designs for the upcoming and long in development Cyberpunk 2077. Further, they state that these documents do not represent their current game designs and that you should wait for official information which will be released when the time is right.
Posting on Twitter, the statement reads as follows:
An unidentified individual or individuals have just informed us they are in possession of a few internal filed belonging to CD PROJEKT RED. Among them are document connected to early designs for the upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077.
A demand for ransom has been made, saying that should we not comply, the files will be released to the general public. We will not be giving in to the demands of the individual or individuals that have contacted us, which might eventually lead to the files being published online. The appropriate legal authorities will be informed about the situation.
The documents are old and largely unrepresentative of the current vision for the game. Still, if you’re looking forward to playing Cyberpunk 2077, it would be best for you to avoid any information not coming directly from CD PROJEKT RED.
When the time is right, you will hear about Cyberpunk 2077 from us – officially.
CD PROJECT RED Team
Whether through hacking, theft or other means, this is not the first time that a game company has had their work stolen. By far the most prominent instance was that of Half Life 2’s source code leaking in 2003, but with hacking on the rise, the most recent parallel would be how Netflix and a number of other TV and film studios were sent ransom demands back in April.
Either way, good on CD Projekt Red for being so open and refusing to meet the demands of criminals.