After a few years within the making, Lifeless House non secular successor The Callisto Protocol launched and… wasn’t fairly the slam dunk we have been hoping for. Our evaluate discovered it to be “participating, linear sci-fi survival horror”, even when fairly annoying, however a much bigger difficulty was that the game launched on Steam with extreme stuttering points for a lot of customers (now mounted, and which Glen Schofield, CEO of developer Putting Distance Studios, blamed on “freakin error“)
Efficiency stuff apart, there’s additionally been a standard theme amongst these on the crew who’ve performed it. I beloved Lifeless House however the sheer oppressiveness of this generally feels a bit a lot and, whereas I take pleasure in a very good grisly loss of life animation, the protagonist right here actually does get ripped aside in horrifically detailed and gory style. You could not skip previous these and a few of them genuinely make you wince. It might probably attain some extent where, as our Fraser mentioned, they begin to wreck the general expertise.
A brand new patch has streamlined some components of the game’s fight system, and added the flexibility to skip the loss of life animations (significantly: a few of these issues really feel like they take minutes). The principle in-game tweak is that therapeutic is now quicker. Jacob heals by jabbing his neck with a stim and the animation at launch was sluggish sufficient that it was onerous to heal mid-fight: which was clearly intentional, however clearly the studio felt they’d been a bit bit too imply.
Along with this, weapon-switching is now faster. So the final vibe is making fight a tiny bit much less annoying, suggesting numerous gamers had been dying and had perhaps had sufficient of seeing Jacob slowly filleted fifty methods afterwards.
The patch notes do not go into element however learn: “Search for fight enhancements, efficiency and stability fixes, localization optimizations, and common high quality of life adjustments. We’re listening and grateful on your suggestions. Extra to return”. Putting Distance Studios additionally guarantees additional PC-specific optimizations are “within the works”.