In a Facebook post, CD Projekt the makers of Cyberpunk 2077 revealed that they were hacked and released a ransom note from the perpetrators. The statement highlighted that some of their internal systems have been compromised and its contents were held ransom. However, according to them, their backups remain intact and no personal data of their players or users was lost.
It wasn’t the smoothest sailing game launch especially if you were not playing on a current-gen system or PC.
Having received backlash and criticism from players due to overwhelming bugs in the game eventually resulting in Sony pulling the game from their stores, CD Projekt had to issue refunds.
Even though responsibility for the disastrous launch lies with the entire company, many rank-and-file folks were never aligned with the board nor satisfied with its deadlines and overtime. In fact, they had protested over the situation back in 2020 when they were forced to rush the release.
Cyberattacks like these don’t justify nor help the predicament the actual developers are in, but in truth, hurts them more than the company. Being a target of these transgressions will result in a loss of productivity, reputation, and the already impaired morale of employees.
Despite the dismal launch and plethora of bugs, a hack such an extent does little.
After all, any financial impact to the company at this point of time will affect employees more than anything. And, the team is already paying the price for Cyberpunk’s poor launch.
Despite the threats, CD Projekt Red has stated that they will not give in to the demands nor negotiate with the hackers even though it may lead to the release of the compromised data.
This was not the first time CD Projekt Red encountered such circumstances as they were hacked back in 2017 and had briefly mentioned that early designs of Cyberpunk 2077 were stolen.
Despite all that, the game had sold over 10 million copies as of 2020.
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