We're in the middle of a real-life cyber shakedown. CD Projekt Red, of The Witcher fame, is working on a new game that many of us are looking forward to: Cyberpunk 2077. The award-winning studio has stated that it will be bigger and more ambitious than any game it has ever developed, and we know next to nothing about it outside of a short teaser trailer. That may change soon. Thieves are holding sensitive information about the game for ransom.
CD Projekt Red just posted the following message to its Twitter account, which we'll transcribe for you here. The message warns fans of the theft, and admonishes them not to seek out information about the game that may end up being inaccurate. See their full message below:
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 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."
Why anyone would directly target such an open and creative team so maliciously is baffling, and we can only hope that the legal authorities tapped to pursue the thieves are effective in their investigation. In the meantime, stay alert and shield yourselves from spoilers for what could end up being another genre-defining masterpiece from CD Projekt Red.
Stay tuned to WWG for future developments.