Our eyes had been all glued to the display screen as Geoff Keighley pumped out bulletins and teased a giant shock at Summer Game Fest. The finish of the present unveiled a brand new trailer and launch date for Elden Ring, which is all individuals can discuss on Twitter. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red quietly posted an replace concerning the severity of the hack from earlier this 12 months, which appears to be extra extreme than beforehand thought.
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) June 10, 2021
The replace from CDPR reveals they’ve discovered that data from the February security breach which stole the supply code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, amongst different issues, is at present circulating on the web, and as soon as one thing’s circulating on the web, it’s troublesome, if not inconceivable, to place the genie again within the bottle.
CD Projekt Red can’t but confirm the precise contents of the information being circulated, however they consider it incorporates “current/former employee and contractor details in addition to data related to our games.” They additionally say that they will’t affirm if the information has been tampered with since it was acquired illegally.
The firm is taking the suitable authorized motion, working with police, Interpol, and extra to find the perpetrators accountable. They’ve additionally dedicated to pursuing authorized motion in opposition to those that share the information in query, no matter its veracity, as a way to defend the privateness of their employers and contractors. Additionally, CDPR has taken in depth measures to stop such future hacks from occurring.
Kotaku famous that CDPR dropped this replace proper within the midst of Summer Game Fest and simply forward of E3 weekend. While it can’t be confirmed that this was their intention, it’s widespread PR apply to drop dangerous information that you simply wish to disappear close to the top of every week or whereas persons are distracted with one thing else. The positioning of this announcement means that CDPR, whether or not deliberately or unintentionally, is utilizing the hype surrounding Summer Game Fest and E3 2021 to mitigate potential blowback and bury this information among the many remainder of the hype this week.
CD Projekt Red hasn’t had the most effective of years following the botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077 in late 2020. The company is still waiting on Sony to approve the game returning to the PlayStation Store after six months of being faraway from the platform, and its earnings fell far below expectations because of ongoing gross sales of Cyberpunk shortly drying up after unfavorable launch protection.
How this newest replace surrounding the information breach will impression the continued growth and launch schedule of future CDPR video games and updates stays to be seen, however for now, it’s clear that the writer didn’t need the safety breach to as soon as once more be the headline of the day. But by making an attempt to not be Summer Game Fest information, it grew to become Summer Game Fest information.