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Witcher dev blackmailed with stolen files, but they’re not having it

by Eric Frederiksen | June 8, 2017June 8, 2017 3:00 pm PDT

When everyone wants to see what you’re working on, you’ll run the full gamut of responses. Some people are happy to wait, while others will snap at any scraps you drop. Others see an opportunity. Ever since Witcher developer CD Projekt Red announced its next project, we’ve been salivating for news on it. Someone apparently couldn’t wait, and obtained some stolen files containing information about the game. Seeing an opportunity there, this unnamed individual decided to try to squeeze few bucks out of the company. CD Projekt Red, however, isn’t playing ball. The company posted a statement on Twitter:

CD Projekt Red is the game developer we deserve

I’m frothing at the mouth to hear about Cyberpunk 2077. I should probably seek medical attention for that. But I’m patient. I want CD Projekt Red to show the game off when it’s ready. A game revealed too early or shown off before everything is in place can set expectations incorrectly and lead to disappointment.

At the same time, paying the person with the files would just encourage more of that kind of activity.

Instead of trying to beat the thief to the punch or shush them up, CD Projekt Red is choosing the route it does in almost every situation: transparency. This is a big part of how the developer has garnered such a positive reputation among gamers, and if this information does leak out, it’s only going to make them look better.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...