The first rule for creating an unforgettable horror game is that there are no rules. As a developer, it’s all about following your gut.
This is a guiding principle at Striking Distance Studios. We sweat the small stuff to deliver handcrafted scares that combine atmosphere, tension, brutality, humanity and helplessness. We call it “terror engineering”.
While you’ll find plenty of atmosphere and tension in the first trailer for The Callisto Protocolwe wanted to put the brutality of the game front and center in our reveal for Xbox gamers.
The Callisto Protocol is a story-driven third-person sci-fi survival horror game set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in the year 2230. Players take on the role of Jacob Lee, a prisoner in Black Iron Prison. Jacob must wage a brutal battle to survive when a mysterious outbreak throws the moon into chaos.
One of the first things you’ll notice about The Callisto Protocol are the creatures. They’re called Biophage, and these things are grotesque. All of our creatures began as humans who have undergone terrifying and harrowing transformations and now roam the halls of Black Iron.
And we want to put players in direct contact with these monstrosities.
The Callisto ProtocolThe combat system of is a combination of close-quarters melee action, long-range shooting, and a unique gravity weapon called the GRP (“Grip”) that allows players to seamlessly move between the two.
The game’s melee system uses a stun baton that Jacob took from one of the prison guards. Previously used to suppress inmates, the staff can push Biophage back as Jacob tries to stop them from tearing him apart. Players can dodge or block attacks using the left stick while looking for an opportunity to unleash a ripping move on their opponents.
The game’s ranged combat will give players a selection of upgradable weapons to take out Biophage from a distance. Skilled players can cut off the creatures’ arms, legs, and even heads, but that’s no guarantee that this will stop the Biophage’s attack. And since ammo is scarce, players will need to be strategic with their shots.
And finally, the GRP is a powerful weapon that allows players to grab and throw objects in the environment, including enemies. Attacked by a mob of creatures? Players can grab Biophage with the GRP and throw them across the room to give themselves some breathing room. Low ammo? The GRP can grab enemies and pull them close for melee kills. The GRP gives players a strategic way to control the pace of the action.
And of course, for particularly brutal fun, players can throw Biophage at environmental hazards like spinning industrial fans, spiked walls, and power generators. The spooky possibilities are endless.
We hope you liked this first look at The Callisto Protocol! We’ll have more to share with Xbox gamers in the weeks leading up to our launch on Xbox One and Series S|X on December 2 of this year. You can pre-order the game now from the Microsoft Store on Xbox.
The Callisto Protocol for Xbox Series X|S – Day One Edition
In this third person narrative survival horror game set 300 years in the future, the player will take on the role of Jacob Lee, a victim of fate thrown into Black Iron Prison, a maximum security penitentiary located on the moon of Jupiter. Callisto. When the inmates begin to transform into monstrous creatures, the prison is thrown into chaos. To survive, Jacob must fight his way to safety to escape Black Iron Prison as he uncovers the dark and disturbing secrets buried beneath Callisto’s surface. Using a unique mix of gunplay and melee combat, Jacob must adapt his tactics to combat the rapidly evolving creatures as he scavenges through trash to unlock new weapons, equipment, and abilities to overcome the growing threat and escape the horrors of the world. Dead Moon of Jupiter. ENGINEERED HORROR The Callisto Protocol is a next generation take on survival horror from the mind of Glen Schofield. Combining atmosphere, tension and brutality with terrifying moments of helplessness and humanity, The Callisto Protocol immerses players in a fast-paced story where unspeakable horrors lurk around every corner. UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNITED JUPITER COMPANY Set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in the year 2320, The Callisto Protocol casts players as Jacob Lee, an inmate at Black Iron Prison. When a mysterious outbreak throws the moon into chaos, Jacob must confront his darkest fears to defeat the bloodthirsty creatures that haunt him as he unravels the dark mysteries at the heart of the mighty United Jupiter Company. MASTER BRUTAL, STRATEGIC COMBAT Callisto Protocol challenges players to master a thrilling combination of melee and ranged combat, including a unique gravity weapon once used by Black Iron guards to control the prison population. Players will be forced to get up close and personal with their grotesque opponents, lopping off limbs, ripping off legs, and getting creative with whatever is at their disposal to survive each do-or-die encounter. EXPERIENCE THE ISOLATION OF JUPITER’S DEAD MOON In one of the most hostile and isolated environments in the universe, Callisto looms over Jacob’s desperate fight for survival. Players must not only face the horrors of Black Iron Prison, but also the centuries-old secrets that plague Jupiter’s dead moon, both above and below the surface. Pre-order now to get the following digital content: – Retro Prisoner character and weapon skin