Resident Evil VIII’s release date has been leaked as part of a major Capcom data breach, spoiling games and putting personal data at risk.
The recent hack of Capcom has resulted in the leaking of a lot of sensitive info, including the release date for Resident Evil Village. The upcoming survival horror game is the sequel to Resident Evil 7, which is the second most successful video game Capcom has ever made. The sequel follows a pair of remakes of the second and third games in the series, both of which have seen considerable success as well.
Earlier this month, Capcom was hit with a major data leak. Hackers infiltrated the company’s private server and took a lot of info before the company shut them out. In spite of initial reports to the contrary, the hackers may have made off with the personal information of as many as 350,000 Capcom customers. Credit card information was fortunately not affected, but this is still a very major breach, and one with significant ramifications. People shouldn’t have to put their personal info on the line in order to play a video game, after all.
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Along with this personal info, the hackers seem to have gotten their hands on some significant info about Capcom’s future releases. This info was shared on ResetEra, along with the copy of the ransom note the hackers sent to Capcom when they encrypted the company’s files. There are some pretty significant bits of news revealed in this leak, especially with regards to the newest Resident Evil game. The leak claims that Resident Evil Village will be targeting an April release, and that Capcom will be putting out a demo beforehand. Apparently the game will also be receiving a launch on current-gen systems, a tactic shared by many games releasing during the transition period. A version of Resident Evil 4 for the Oculus VR headset has also been leaked, as well as a new multiplayer Resident Evil in the form of a kind of battle royale.
Leaks are generally the least trustworthy way to stay informed about the video game industry, and in general, they’re not to be supported either. This hack has placed thousands of peoples’ personal data at risk, and that’s much more significant than knowing when a video game is going to be released. A lot of information has been made available before its time, and as exciting as that is, one should never forget how dangerous and immoral these hacks are.
This isn’t the first time important video game info has leaked online, and it won’t be the last. The internet is full of people who have skills and the lack of scruples necessary to carry out an act like this. One can only hope that Capcom will learn from this experience and tighten up its cybersecurity, or information about Resident Evil Village won’t be the worst thing it loses.
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