ByAna Valens, writer at
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Cyberpunk 2077 is in development from CD Projekt RED, and fans are eager to see what the Polish game developers have in store. Of course, most fans are patiently waiting. One alleged thief, not so much.

In a tweet on June 8th, CD Projekt RED revealed that "an unidentified individual or individuals... are in possession of a few internal files belonging to CD Projekt RED. Among them are documents connected to early designs for the upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077." That means that someone out there has design documents about and its early development period.

It remains unclear just how old the design documents are, or if multiple thieves are at play here asking for ransom.

Either way, it's... kind of pathetic to do this. CD Projekt RED is one of the best developers in gaming today, and most fans are more than happy to respect the studio's wishes to remain silent about Cyberpunk 2077 until "the time is right." Too much hype, or too much early information, could damage the game's production.

Basically, to do this, you have to be a jerk.

How Stealing Design Documents Is Stupid From The Start

[Source: CD Projekt RED]
[Source: CD Projekt RED]

Let's be clear here. The thief (or thieves) probably didn't physically break into the CD Projekt RED offices and open up a safe with the Cyberpunk 2077 design documents. Because most design documents are created on a computer and later printed out if needed, it's much more accurate to say that the thieves copied documents without authorization due to an internal breach, hack, or leak.

But as scary as that sounds, it's relatively easy to prosecute a ransom threat. In a situation like this, where the offending party contacts the victim, it's easy to get law enforcement to act on behalf of the injured party. And CD Projekt RED clearly knows that; in their tweet, the team reveals that "the appropriate legal authorities will be informed about the situation," and that the developers "will not be giving into the demands of the individual or individuals" that stole the documents.

And depending on how secure the nefarious party's interactions were with CD Projekt RED, it's very likely that the police will catch them sooner or later by tracing back the point of contact. So yes, overall, stealing early design documents and asking for a ransom is just a ridiculous move from some eager jerks trying to make a quick buck (or threatening CD Projekt Red to try the game early).

What Can Fans Do To Help?

With an issue like this, there's not too much that fans can do to give CD Projekt RED a hand. Usually, the victim and the police have to work together to solve the problem. But CD Projekt Red does ask fans to "avoid any information not coming directly from CD Projekt RED," as the stolen documents "are old and largely unrepresentative of the current vision for the game."

So how can fans help? If the documents are leaked, or if you stumble across any alleged internal documents, don't read them. Don't share them. Contact CD Projekt RED (if necessary) and otherwise ignore the information inside. Listening directly to the developers will give interested players more reliable and accurate coverage over any leaked pre-production design documents.

Oh. And if you're interested in Cyberpunk 2077, buy the game when it comes out. The best way you can support the developers is to vote with your wallet.

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