The Callisto Protocol has remained very hush-hush since its announcement at the 2020 Game Awards. We got a few details: It’s a survival horror set in the future, made by former Dead Space developers—oh, and it takes place in the PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) universe. Creative director Glen Schofield took to Twitter recently to announce the game is now set in its own Universe, separate from PUBG.
“FYI [The Callisto Protocol] is 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, & we will still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story, and universe.”
The connection to PUBG still strikes confusion among fans, but since the game is being published by the battle royale’s owner, Krafton, it made sense. Schofield has stated references to the PUBG universe would be minimal at best. In an interview with GameInformer, he said, “The idea of us being in the universe at first sound really good, and then as you start coming up with your story we realized, ‘Wow, this is a little out there.’ We built in some touchpoints, and you’ll find them throughout the game like Easter eggs and things like that.”
The horrific enemies were revealed to be called Biophages. A phage is a virus that parasitizes a host to reproduce and replicate inside of it, meaning they seek out live tissue—like humans.
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Set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in 2320, The Callisto Protocol is a next-gen take on survival horror. The game has the player trying to escape the maximum-security Black Iron Prison and uncover its terrifying secrets. Its touted as a blend of horror, action, and immersive storytelling.