The Callisto Protocol is a forthcoming survival horror game in improvement at Striking Distance, a studio based in 2019 by former Dead Space lead Glen Schofield. As a results of that connection, The Callisto Protocol has generated fairly a little bit of buzz. It little question helps that, from the little we have seen thus far, The Callisto Protocol seems very Dead Space.

So what can we learn about The Callisto Protocol? At the second, solely the broad strokes. It’s a “story-driven, singleplayer survival game,” and for some time no less than, it was primed to be set within the PUBG universe (Striking Distance and PUBG Studios are each owned by Krafton). Whether it is a first-person or third-person affair is but to be seen, however there are undoubtedly aliens, they usually undoubtedly have a gross abundance of saliva.

What is the Callisto Protocol launch date?

The Callisto Protocol is predicted to launch in 2022. At least, that was the discharge window offered final time the subject was broached, all the best way again in 2020, when it was nonetheless to be a PUBG-universe affair. As of June 2022, that launch window continues to be marketed on the game’s official Twitter web page.

Keep in thoughts that Striking Distance Studios opened in mid-2019. It’s not out of the query that The Callisto Protocol may launch in 2022, but when it does, that is a fast turnaround for a newly based studio—albeit one with a whole lot of confirmed expertise within the style. Chances are we’ll hear extra in regards to the launch window in the course of the not-E3 interval approaching.

Here is the Callisto Protocol reveal trailer

The trailer above is how The Callisto Protocol was revealed to the world, again within the heady days of December 2020. It’s a cinematic trailer with no precise gameplay footage, however it makes abundantly clear that The Callisto Protocol will probably be gory sci-fi horror within the Dead Space mould, full with eerie flickering corridors, ominous holographic transmissions, and, yeah, a particularly disagreeable trying alien. 

A prisoner wakes in a less-than-ideal jail cell, earlier than being attacked (presumably fatally) by the aforementioned alien. Our viewpoint then shifts to a closed circuit digicam witnessing this occasion, and retains zooming out till we see the determine watching that footage, who then wanders off to a window overlooking a bleak panorama that’s undoubtedly not planet Earth.

Where is The Callisto Protocol set?

It’s set on a useless moon. Specifically, a useless moon of Jupiter referred to as Callisto, which really exists in actual life. In The Callisto Protocol a corporation referred to as the United Jupiter Company has constructed a jail colony there referred to as Black Iron, and the protagonist, Jacob Lee, is an inmate who wakes up someday to search out the jail overrun with aliens. 

It’s an exquisitely “eff this shit” state of affairs that sounds as indebted to the Alien movies as it’s to the Dead Space video games. “Prison is a really scary place,” Schofield considerably redundantly pronounced in a 2020 Discord Q&A, earlier than including, “And a prison on Jupiter’s dead moon is terrifying. Can’t think of anything more desolate and isolated than that.” 

(Do you assume Dark Souls 2 is the very best Souls game? If sure, consider how desolate and remoted you are feeling, and multiply that by 1000’s.)

Schofield mentioned throughout the identical Q&A that he needs The Callisto Protocol to be “the most terrifying game of all time,” which is an extremely formidable endeavor, given we dwell in a world with video games like Visage, Silent Hill 2, Murder House, Alien Isolation, and certainly the unique Dead Space.

The Callisto Protocol

(Image credit score: Striking Distance Studios)

So is The Callisto Protocol a part of the PUBG universe or not?

It’s not! Though for a short time, it was. In an August 2021 interview, director Glen Schofield mentioned that The Callisto Protocol was certainly a part of the PUBG universe. “The funny thing is, I came in with this story when I went and met with the PUBG people for the first time and started talking about [The Callisto Protocol] and building a studio,” Schofield mentioned. “I presented this game to them, and so what we did was we made it fit within the PUBG storyline.”

It makes somewhat little bit of (enterprise) sense, since Striking Distance Studios is owned by Krafton, the identical mum or dad firm who oversees PUBG Studios. But a lot to the aid of some, and possibly to the nice disappointment of others invested in PUBG lore, that has since modified.

Glen Schofield tweeted in May 2022 that The Callisto Protocol is now “its own story and world. It no longer takes place in the PUBG Universe. It was originally part of the PUBG timeline, but grew into its own world. PUBG is awesome, and we will still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story and universe.”

What do you really do in The Callisto Protocol?

Aside from the cinematic trailer and guarantees that The Callisto Protocol will probably be very scary, there are not any strong gameplay particulars simply but. We know it will likely be a “story-driven, singleplayer survival game,” however that is a fairly broad church. The almost definitely end result is that The Callisto Protocol is third-person horror in the identical model as Dead Space.

As for the way fight heavy The Callisto Protocol will probably be, that is nonetheless but to be seen, although if it is something like Dead Space, it’s going to belong to the survival horror faculty of “yeah, you can shoot the baddies, but we’re not gonna make it easy.”

Does The Callisto Protocol have co-op?

No, The Callisto Protocol won’t have co-op. Dead moon prisons simply aren’t scary sufficient with a buddy by your facet. 

“There’s a story that we want to tell, and the best way we could tell it was being a singleplayer game,” Glen Schofield defined on Discord final yr. “Sometimes when you get into co-op, you don’t follow directions and you’re not following the story as well, and not only that, we wanted this to be—we wanted you to be alone. That’s what makes this really scary.”

Sounds cool, however I need Dead Space as an alternative, please.

The way forward for the Dead Space collection continues to stay up within the air, however the unique game is getting an intensive revamp. The Dead Space remake is about to launch in 2023.