CD Projekt Red Hacked
The video game developers CD Projekt Red is most well-known for adapting author Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels into a series of hit videogames. Recently, the company’s forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 is making headlines, but perhaps not in the way the company had hoped.
In a move right out of a William Gibson-esque sci-fi techno thriller, the makers of Cyberpunk 2077 have had an in-development version of their game stolen by an unknown person or persons. The icing on this cake is that the perpetrators of this foul deed are asking for a ransom of seven million dollars or they’ll release the game files to the public.
Upon receiving the demand, CD Projekt Red quickly posted on their official twitter page that they will not be giving in to the ransom demands. Instead they wanted to warn fans that if the files are leaked “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.”
This is why the company’s handling of this situation, and decisions to not pay, is really the best move. First, criminals by nature are not trustworthy, so there’s no guarantee that the hackers won’t leak it anyway when they get paid. This also shows the importance of being able to control story. If the files do get leaked, and the reviews of the leaked version are less than flattering, the future of the game could be irrecoverably damaged. But, if CD Projekt Red is clear and upfront about the state of the leaked version, even if those who play the leaked version don’t like it, the final version could be significantly different.
Let’s all just hope these criminals are brought to justice and this kind of espionage won’t be making a regular appearance in the headlines.