CD Projekt Red has been in the headlines a lot over the past 12 months. Unfortunately, not much of that press has been positive. On Tuesday, the studio behind “Cyberpunk 2077” made news again—although this time it isn’t due to any fault of its own.
According to a statement on Twitter, the developer has been hit with a ransomware attack that compromised the source code for some of its most popular titles, including “Cyberpunk 2077,” an unreleased version of “Witcher 3,” and “Gwent.”
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— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) February 9, 2021
The hackers responsible also claim to have stolen internal company documents. They have threatened to release them if the studio doesn’t “come to an agreement.”
However, CD Projekt Red has already stated that it has no intentions of giving in to the hackers’ demands or negotiating with them. At this time, the studio does not believe that any personal data from players has been compromised.
The breach of CD Projekt Red’s digital infrastructure seems to be far-reaching. Aside from the data noted earlier, some of the studio’s network devices were also encrypted. Fortunately, it had backups of those systems that remain intact. At the time of its statement, CD Projekt Red was already restoring its data and has re-secured its IT infrastructure.
Nonetheless, the damage has already been done since a copy of the data was stolen and is now in the hands of hackers.
The studio also noted that it has informed the appropriate authorities. There will certainly be an investigation in the coming days to determine who is responsible for the hack.
In the attached ransom note, the hackers gave the studio just 48 hours to negotiate before releasing the stolen information to the public or selling it online. As such, it’s likely that the data will be released before those responsible can be caught.
Last year, CD Projekt Red became the center of criticism within the gaming world due to its haphazard release of “Cyberpunk 2077.” Even after numerous delays, the company released a version of the game that wasn’t polished—especially for non-next-gen consoles.
“Cyberpunk 2077” experienced countless bugs on both consoles and PC. This led it to being pulled from the PlayStation Store and forced Sony and Microsoft to offer refunds for the game. Obviously, it was a bad look for the studio.
Making matters worse was the way that employees were reportedly treated as CD Projekt Red raced to get the game published “on-time.”
The studio forced its developers to take on mandatory six-day workweeks despite promising that it would never do so. During the latter half of 2020, many developers spoke out against the studio and its “crunch” practices.
As such, there are plenty of people who are angry at the studio. Perhaps that is the reason for the cyberattack. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what comes of this situation.
If the hackers do indeed leak CD Projekt Red’s internal documents, those could be more damaging than the source code for its games. The truth of what actually happened around the release of “Cyberpunk 2077” may come to light—and could be worse than many people assume.