CD Projekt Red claims Cyberpunk 2077 design docs are being held hostage by thieves

CD Projekt Red, the maker of the acclaimed Witcher RPG series, claimed that cyber thieves have made off with “internal files” and “early designs” for its upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 and have reported the theft to Polish police. What’s more bizarre is that the thieves are allegedly holding the documents ransom until the studio pays up.

The studio released a statement on Twitter about the crime, saying that the documents are old and should be ignored if leaked: “An unidentified individual or individuals have just informed us they are in possession of a few internal files belonging to CD Projekt Red. Among them are documents 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 have had our eye on Cyberpunk 2077 since last year when the game’s description made us wonder if this title will be an MMORPG in disguise. You can read the full CD Projekt Red statement after the break.

Source: Twitter, Eurogamer. Cheers, Neowolf.
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Rheem Octuris

Isn’t this technically more blackmail than ransom?

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Mewmew

I have high hopes that the blackmailers get caught and that the courts wherever they are choose to make an example out of them.

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Alfredo Garcia

Well, at the rate things are going, I didn’t expect a release until about 2076 anyway. Somebody do me a favor and upload my ghost around then so I can play it.

Also, most incompetent blackmailers ever.

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possum440 .

And so the great advertising hype machine begins as planned. Interesting way to start interest in the game for its 2018 release.

I like CCP, they make some good games. This is simply the start of an advertising campaign for the game.

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Mewmew

They’re not a company that pulls this kind of stuff though and if what they’re saying is true, the documents are old and not a fair representation of what the game really is going to be like and could only hurt it’s reputation to see. Sure, this would be an interesting way to start advertising but this doesn’t seem like something they’d need to do. If it was fake for fun, I believe they’d tell us that to begin with. Not everything is a conspiracy.

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silverlock

Kind of an interesting situation now. If the thieves release the documents they substantially increase their punishment if they are caught and also they increase the risk of being caught as well, all for no payoff. If they don’t release then they could lose credibility in any future crimes they commit.

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Mr Poolaty

If it’s old shit then stop being attention whores. Geezus I thought they had madoff with the files from the current release stuff

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Frank White

Well, they had say something, didn’t they, in case the thieves DO release the docs? Because then everyone and his brother would have been asking CD Projekt Red about them, and whether this and that is actually going to be in the game, etc., and they would be put in the awkward situation of telling people, “Oh yeah, some thieves made off with this stuff months ago but we didn’t think it was worth mentioning, and just ignore it.” And by then it would be too late to ignore. Not that I think them mentioning it beforehand will really stop people from checking out any released material and talking about it. If they really want people to pay more attention to them and their “official” announcements, maybe they should, um, release more factual info.

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Byórðæįr

it would be funny if it turned out they don’t have any files but are simply trying to prevent the game from being launched. Makes you wonder society were the companies attacked are the companies that prove stories with happy endings?

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Armsbend

I’m sure they sent them an email with internal documents attached as proof.

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primal

bit late on this news arent ya? hah CDPR couldnt care less about these guys, its not like theyve got hold of any builds of a game

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NeoWolf

Twitter, Eurogamer? your welcome MOP…

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Bree Royce

Heya Neowolf. I think what happened is we passed on the original tip and then we decided later to do it as a non-MMO offhand piece for the weekend after all, having forgotten someone tipped it when it first happened. I’m sorry our credit to you slipped through the cracks. I’ve rectified that now. :)

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NeoWolf

Appreciated ;)

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Robert Mann

All too believable. There’s plenty of scumbags on this planet. If it had existed in Star Wars lore, old Ben’s lines would have to have changed.

The good news is that there’s a bunch of people who just don’t care about those scum’s attempt to be famous, won’t read what they put out, and that if such an attitude just becomes standard the scum lose all around. :)