Insomniac Games appears to have been hit by a ransomware attack that has leaked private material online, including a personal document seemingly belonging to Spider-Man 2 voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, and a first in-game look at the upcoming Wolverine game on PS5.
For those unaware of the massive Sony-owned studio, Insomniac Games is a developer of some of the best PS5 games so far, with titles like Spider-Man 2 and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart both worthy contenders of the best games of all time list. It’s no surprise that many PS5 players, including us, are excited to see what the developer does with Marvel’s Wolverine on PS5.
The Wolverine release date is currently up in the air and not expected for some time, and we’re yet to see an official in-game look of the superhero in action. However, a ransomware attack has seemingly given us the first look at a screenshot of Logan in his iconic costume.
First reported by CyberDaily, Insomniac Games has been the victim of a ransomware attack from an organization called Rhysida, which has taken personal documents including a passport of a former developer as well as internal emails, signed documents, and more. Creating a criminal portfolio of proof, Rhysida has shared a blurred document as evidence it has all of this, and potentially more.
The evidence also includes the aforementioned look at Wolverine, the new PS5 game that we’re all excited to play. While not much is happening in the screenshot shared by Rhysida, it shows a dark suit for the superhero, with a third-person shot of Wolverine in a black and yellow suit. His cowl is instantly recognizable for Marvel fans though, indicating it almost certainly is the claw-some hero.
The only thing, aside from Wolverine, that can be seen in the screenshot is an interior of a run-down room. A smaller image below the aforementioned screenshot is another third-person camera shot of a character walking. While the screenshot is less recognizable, it seems to be Logan in normal attire with a cowboy hat, not too dissimilar to the first – and only – trailer we have of the game from the PlayStation Showcase in 2021.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the material, we won’t be sharing it here, but the content can be found in CyberDaily’s news story.
Rhysida has stated that Insomniac Games has seven days before the data set from the attack is published, with an auction for the information currently starting at 50 Bitcoins, which is just over $2 million right now. Rhysida stated on its leak site: “With just 7 days on the clock, seize the opportunity to bid on exclusive, unique, and impressive data”.
The Rhysida group has recently made mainstream headlines for its ransomware attacks on a number of governments and notable institutions and companies, including the British Library. It also claimed responsibility for a large leak of data from Prospect Medical, a giant US healthcare firm.
While we’ve all wanted to get a first look at the Wolverine game, it’s a shame that it comes from a ransomware attack that will undoubtedly affect the employees at Insomniac Games and those the studio has worked with.
The two screenshots revealed in the leak don’t reveal too much, aside from the fact it appears to be third-person, but that isn’t surprising given Insomniac’s recent hits, including its recent trio of Spider-Man games.
Will Wolverine be one of the best PS5 exclusives when it finally launches? It’s certainly likely considering Insomniac’s track record so far, so it may be worth picking up one of the best PS5 controllers and the best gaming TV ahead of the game’s release date.