The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has posted an astounding statement confirming that “an unidentified individual or individuals” have stolen internal files related to designs for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. A demand for a ransom has been made, and if CD Projekt RED do not comply, the files will be made public. 

Responding to the situation, CDPR posted a statement to fans saying “we will not being 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.”

According to CD Projekt RED, the Cyberpunk 2077 documents threatening to be leaked are fairly old and therefore may not be totally representative of the final Cyberpunk 2077 game. CD Projekt Red ask fans to avoid any leaked information on Cyberpunk 2077 that isn’t published directly and officially by CDPR itself.

“When the time is right, you will hear about Cyberpunk 2077 from us - officially.”

This is clearly a terrible situation for CD Projekt RED, and it’s not likely to end well for the perpetrators either. Stealing game documentation, like this and corporate blackmail isn’t a matter to be taken lightly. Kudos to CD Projekt RED for getting out there and denouncing this illegal move, however, this is a horrible situation for CDPR after working for years on such a hotly anticipated game.

If the alleged blackmailers are true to their word, (old) information on Cyberpunk 2077 is going to surface soon and reading it could spoil your experience of the game. It does also suggest that Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be an E3 2017 no-show, else CD Projekt RED would be inclined to get out there in front of the leak with info about CP2077 of its own.