CD Project, the company behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, was targeted Monday in a major “cyber attack,” according to a statement posted on Twitter. Hackers allegedly stole “certain data belonging to the CD Projekt capital group,” said CD Projekt. The company said it is currently securing its servers and recovering encrypted data.
In the ransom note published by CD Projekt, the hackers said that they stole the source code Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, Gwent, and “the unreleased version of Witcher 3. The group said they also had access to “documents related to accounting, administration, legal personnel, HR, [and] investor relations. CD Projekt did not confirm the stolen data, but said in the statement that no personal user data for any of the services was compromised.
Polygon has contacted CD Projekt for more information.
“Your public image will go down even further and people will see how you [sic] shit your company works, ”the hacker said in the note. “Investors will lose confidence in your company and the stock will dive even lower.”
CD Project said it will not negotiate with the hackers. They said they were aware that “compromised data” could be released, and the company “is taking the necessary steps to reduce the consequences of such a release.” CD Projekt collaborates with authorities and “IT forensic specialists” to investigate the hacking.
Monday’s hack follows a rocky launch for Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited title released in December 2020. The game was launched with a host of performance issues – especially on the latest generation of consoles. CD Projekt and other store fronts were forced to offer refunds for the game, which was later downloaded from Sony’s PlayStation Store. CD Projekt is also facing several class actions from investors.
In front of Cyberpunk 2077At the launch, the company was criticized for “mismanagement and disregard for the people who make our games”, as well as a history of transphobic marketing.
Studio managers at CD Projekt have since regretted the turbulent launch.
“We ignored the signals of the need for extra time to refine the game on the latest generation consoles,” said CD Project CEO Adam Kiciński in December. “It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy.”
CD Projekt Red, the developing arm of the company, has released updates and hotfixes for Cyberpunk 2077. Major updates will come later this year, the developer said.