"Break the Code": Cyberpunk fans are tasked with breaking in to an Arasaka Corp. site

By Heidi Nicholas,
Today's the day that Cyberpunk 2077 was originally intended to release, before it was delayed to September 17th. The game's official Twitter account has recently been sharing details about factions within the game and this, coupled with the leak of a Cyberpunk controller and now an apparent Cyberpunk takeover of the Xbox Twitter account, all combine to imply that the date won't go by unmarked.

The Xbox Twitter account shared a brief clip tasking players to break the code and find the username and password related to the Arasaka Corp; a company which the Cyberpunk 2077 shared details about earlier today: "Arasaka Corp. is a family firm from Japan. They're known for providing corporate security, banking, and legal services. One of the most influential megacorporations in 2077, their weapons and vehicles are among the most sought after by police and security forces." Following the link given in the clip takes you to a site where you're left to guess the username and password, whereas the others display the error message: "You have tried to connect to an Arasaka Corporation server that has either been taken offline or does not exist. Please re-enter correct server information to gain access. All unauthorized users attempting to log onto an Arasaka Corporation server must cease activity immediately." As shown in the comments, fans are also coming across other messages: "You must crash the server before time is exceeded. Passphrase clues are limited and hidden d o N O T t h i n k y o u c a n d o t h i s a l o n e d o N O T c l o s e t h i s s e r v e rD O N O T F A I LT h e C l o c k i s T i c k i n g=Do you understand?"

Earlier today, Amazon Canada put up a listing for a Cyberpunk 2077 controller (thanks, VG247) which featured Arasaka. The page appears to have since been taken down, but going to the Xbox site currently causes it to have a little meltdown, after which it shows the outline of a controller and console and tells you to return in four days. The announcement of a Cyberpunk 2077 console and controller bundle seems to be imminent, but although CDPR has retweeted Xbox's tweet, they've been pretty silent since. It seems they're waiting for players to finish breaking the code before an official announcement. We'll keep you updated.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!