“The Witcher 3” developers CD Projekt Red blackmailed by hackers holding “Cyberpunk 2077” documents » Manila Bulletin Technology

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By Patrick Bonafacio

Poland-based video game development studio CD Projekt Red (CDPR), known for the critically-acclaimed “The Witcher” series, announced earlier today that they have received threats from hackers that managed to steal documents related to the upcoming role-playing game “Cyberpunk 2077.”

In a statement posted on the studio’s official Twitter account, CDPR made mention of a demand for ransom by the hackers, who threatened to release the documents to the public if the ransom is not met.

However, CDPR responded by saying that the documents in question are “old and largely unrepresentative” of where the development process is currently headed. They also said that they will not be giving into the demands, and that the proper authorities have been informed of the threats.

This elicited praise from the gaming community on Twitter, with prominent figures such as YouTube personality Joe “Angry Joe” Vargas commending the developers for refusing to negotiate with the hackers.

“When the time is right, you will hear about Cyberpunk 2077 from us – officially,” said the company in the same statement.

Cyberpunk 2077 is a role-playing game currently in development, announced by CD Projekt Red at their summer conference in 2012. The game will be based on the table top RPG “Cyberpunk 2020”, released in 1990.

However, with E3 being just a few days away, there is a possibility that this is actually a viral marketing move by CDPR themselves. This is mere speculation on our part here. After all, the game’s theme is cyberpunk, which deals with hacking and information security. Time will tell once the conference rolls around next week.

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