Cast your mind back to February 2021 - I know, it's hard when time doesn't work like it used to - and you may recall stories about the source code for CD Projekt Red games The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077 being stolen and auctioned to the highest bidder. Bad times - but then the auction was pulled after the seller received an alternative offer. Some of us thought, maybe that's the publisher themselves, settling the matter. But, nope, it wasn't - and now that source code has leaked.
As VGC reports, source code for 2015's third game in The Witcher series, as well as an updated, ray-traced version of the classic RPG, has now leaked onto the internet - as we can see for ourselves on databreaches.net. On said site, there's a note that "hackers (have) put the stolen source code up for sale on a Russian-language forum".
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Over on ResetEra, there are further details - anyone wanting to access the source code now can, subject to a ten dollar donation. Apparently, this donation is for charity but we're not about to pay to find out, ourselves. Dodgy business, this, as I am sure you can appreciate.
It's not just The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 on offer. The data hack also obtained source code for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (good game that, with its combat based around Gwent). Again on ResetEra, it's claimed that the promise of password-free dev kit access to use this code is legit, but it's not like the messageboard's users are in favour of this leak. "Cheering for something like this is nuts," writes one, adding, "Work of thousands of developers was stolen." Another writes, "Dumping source code is super sh*tty, regardless of the company it happens to."
We'll keep our eyes on this one, to see how it plays out - but, come on, charity donations? Doesn't sound like something hackers would do, does it. In related Cyberpunk 2077 news, CD Projekt's Q1 earnings slumped after the game's performance woes, and refunds as a result of the buggy launch cost the publisher $51 million. That was rather balanced by some phenomenal revenue exceeding $560 million, though.
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