CD Projekt Red refuses to pay a ransom for stolen Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red refuses to pay a ransom for stolen Cyberpunk 2077. Image: SomosXbox

On Thursday, CD Projekt Red informed its fan community via Twitter that an unknown group of hackers had managed to collect private design files of Cyberpunk 2077. The individuals are asking for ransom, but the studio says they won’t comply.

Developers of The Witcher series called the hackers’ bluff, saying the files are outdated and that the upcoming game is now at a stage where it is significantly different from what is depicted in the leaked documents.

Cyberpunk 2077 is the first video game adaptation of the acclaimed tabletop RPG, which debuted in 1988 under the title Cyberpunk 2020. Like Magic: The Gathering, it has amassed a large following of devoted fans that still play it to this day.

CD Projekt Red urges fans not to look at leaked files

CPR knows the potential consequences of their actions in ignoring the threats of unidentified agents. It is likely that, after this very public statement, the hackers release the documents to the net.

The studio says the internal files are related to early designs of the game, which may include characters, settings, weapons, and more. The sensitivity of this ordeal resides in the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 has been kept tightly under wraps ever since its announcement.

Developers trust fans will do the right thing and won’t look at the documents because they may spoil key elements to the plot of the title. CPR, on the other hand, will do its part and notify the pertinent legal authorities to be on the lookout for future leaks.

About Cyberpunk 2077

Regardless of what the stolen files contain, the studio has a lot on its plate right now with the development of Cyberpunk 2077. It wants to get the video game adaptation right, so it has hired the creator of the pen-and-paper game for project insights.

The original Cyberpunk 2020 for tabletops was an RPG with ten different character classes and based on skill improvement instead of levels. As players progress through the game, the enhancements make them more and more cyborg-like.

Cyberpunk 2077 will take place in an open world environment with Night City at the center of it all. It will be playable from both a first and third-person perspective, and online multiplayer features will be supported.

The metropolis that serves as the RPG’s setting is a dystopian place where crime, corruption, weapons, and drug use are rampant. The video game might explore deeper aspects of this society involving artificial intelligence and transhumanism as core elements of the gameplay.

CD Projekt Red hasn’t disclosed a release date for Cyberpunk 2077 yet, but some funding campaigns suggest it could hit next-gen consoles and PC as early as 2019.

Source: CD Projekt Red