The stolen Cyberpunk 2077 data apparently began to leak as videos began to appear on the web, including what appears to have been done by internal bug editing and early third-party play.
As early as February this year, CD Projekt Red suffered a targeted cyberattack in which hackers claimed to have stolen internal documents and source code. After a grim web auction, the data was thought to be held by a lone buyer, but the leaked content now appears to have begun to appear online.
This thread of ResetEra suggests that the content of the leak may be out of nature, as a supposed text file posted in the forum talks about fundraising where users can donate to get passwords for CD Projekt Red source code archives .
And now, as reported by VG247, what appear to be bug fixes from Cyberpunk 2077 before the release can now be found on the Internet. Caught by Tom Warren of The Verge, this already-deleted tweet from CD Projekt Red producer Slava Lukyanenko seems to admit that the bug montages are real and were “collected by QA and the developers over the years of development.”
The montages monitored by IGN are tuned to licensed music and seem to mislead high-performance trailers with very interesting bugs on display. V drives a video of a motorcycle with a hot dog, a cat and a wheelchair. Other problems include Jackie, united by a metal fence, and buildings crashing into the landscape. There is even a gang of giant chickens at one point. Floating characters, phantom cars and deceptive facial expressions dominate the videos.
Mistakes aren’t the only leaked videos out there. Posted on 4Chan and mentioned by the user of ResetEra _Anastiel, a video appeared showing the alleged construction of the game by a third party, probably taken very early in development, before CD Projekt was established in a first person perspective.
The footage, which has now been downloaded by ResetEra but has begun to appear on multiple platforms, shows the protagonist V walking around an apartment and talking to an NPC, all with a camera over his shoulder. Much of the art and audio in the demonstration are apparently preserved, but show a D-Pad-related dialogue response system and many interactive elements (including beer bottles, RPG rules and a “breakfast machine”) that can be used on many ways, such as picking up, checking or grabbing, instead of just putting it in your pocket.
Many of the videos are quickly downloaded after they are published, which gives some confidence that these are legal leaks from internal files. We contacted CD Projekt Red for comment on the leaks.
In other news, CD Projekt Red’s earnings for the first quarter of 2021 fell 65% in part due to a fix in Cyberpunk 2077.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.