Cyberpunk 2077’s next big patch has been delayed following developer CD Projekt Red’s disclosure that it fell victim to a ransomware attack earlier this month. The next big patch, 1.2, is now scheduled for a release sometime in the second half of March.
“While we dearly wanted to deliver Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 in the timespan we detailed previously, the recent cyber attack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen — we’ll need some additional time,” CD Projekt Red said via the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account.
Our goal for Patch 1.2 goes beyond any of our previous updates. We’ve been working on numerous overall quality improvements and fixes, and we still have work to do to make sure that’s what you get. With that in mind, we’re now aiming for release in the second half of March. 2/3— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) February 24, 2021
The ransomware attack has been a source of considerable disruption for CDPR, as it included both source code and personal details of employees and other sensitive information that was allegedly later sold on the internet. According to a new report from Bloomberg on Wednesday, the hack has made it nearly impossible for some CDPR employees to effectively perform their jobs.
Here’s Jason Schreier for Bloomberg reporting the level of disarray the hack has left the studio in:
CD Projekt has said it refused to pay a ransom to the hackers. As a result, employees remain unable to log onto the company’s virtual private network, making it impossible to access the systems and tools needed to do most of their jobs, said the people, requesting anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly.
And here’s more information on how the leaking of personal identification data in the hack has caused havoc on the personal lives of employees:
Despite the unplanned vacation, the hack has been a nightmare for employees. The invaders had access to their personal information including Polish identification numbers and passport details, leading the company to tell staff to freeze their accounts and report the security breach to the government and their banks, said the people familiar with the matter. Workers were also asked to ship their computers to the company’s IT staff to be scanned for malware or other intrusions, the people said.
Cyberpunk 2077 launched in an extremely buggy state, which led Sony to take the drastic step of removing the game from the PlayStation Store. CD Projekt Red has released numerous updates and hotfixes since launch in an attempt to address issues, and it sounds as if patch 1.2 could be the most significant yet. “Our goal for Patch 1.2 goes beyond any of our previous updates,” CD Projekt Red said. The studio is also working on free DLCs and a free next-gen console update.
Hackers reportedly accessed source code from some of CD Projekt Red’s games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3, as well as internal company documents. The hackers reportedly sold the data they stole at auction.
Update February 24th, 5:38PM ET: Added information from a Bloomberg report published this afternoon detailing how the ransomware attack on CDPR has disrupted the studio’s ability to work.