The adjacent large horror game from the creators of Dead Space arrives successful December, and developer Striking Distance Studios hopes that The Callisto Protocol volition go “the commencement of a franchise.” Nevertheless, determination are inactive plentifulness of questions near astir the erstwhile PUBG spin-off, truthful PCGamesN spoke to Striking Distance to get immoderate answers.
After awesome gameplay showings astatine PlayStation State of Play and Summer Game Fest, including the uncover of the awesome gravity weapon weapon, anyone looking guardant to The Callisto Protocol volition undoubtedly privation to cognize much astir the scary space game. PCGamesN spoke with Striking Distance main originative officer Chris Stone – who was the animation manager connected Dead Space – astir the team’s inspirations, wherefore they ditched the PUBG connection, and however The Callisto Protocol improves connected Dead Space.
PCGamesN: Are the developers disquieted astir excessively overmuch of a crossover with the upcoming Dead Space remake?
Chris Stone: I’ve shipped astir 30 titles successful my career, and we’ve ever had competition. You can’t interest astir it. We conscionable enactment ourselves successful the shoes of the gamer and marque the champion crippled we can.
Many of america worked connected Dead Space – the game’s creator Glen Schofield, our main improvement officer, Steve Papoutsis, and myself. Our creation director, lighting director, audio director, and plan manager each additionally worked connected Dead Space. So naturally, our originative fingerprints are each implicit The Callisto Protocol, and here’s immoderate large quality – each those ideas we had years agone connected Dead Space that we couldn’t bash due to the fact that the hardware couldn’t support up? Now we tin bash them, and it’s amazing!
PCGamesN: Comparisons betwixt the 2 are understandably casual to marque – however does the crippled propulsion the genre guardant and differentiate itself?
CS: We’ve each grown and evolved a batch arsenic crippled makers and artists successful the past 10 oregon 15 years, and The Callisto Protocol reflects that. There are a cardinal details that acceptable this crippled apart, but the biggest things that I deliberation players volition announcement are the combat strategy and the communicative and the visuals.
We’ve built a heavy combat strategy that blends up-close-and-personal melee enactment and long-range gunplay with a gravity limb called the GRP (‘Grip’) that lets players seamlessly modulation betwixt the weapons. Low connected ammo? Grab an force and propulsion them adjacent for a devastating stroke with the stun baton. Getting mobbed? Throw an force crossed the country and sprout disconnected their legs to get immoderate breathing room. And of course, if you spot an biology hazard, drawback the force and propulsion them into it for a grisly instant kill.
We’ve besides moved connected from a soundless protagonist to a heavy communicative with analyzable characters and unthinkable performances from Josh Duhamel and Karen Fukuhara. We deliberation players volition person a batch of amusive uncovering the acheronian secrets of the United Jupiter Company arsenic they conflict to past the horrors of Black Iron Prison.
PCGamesN: Does the crippled instrumentality inspiration from immoderate different sources that the devs would similar to highlight, including outside videogames?
CS: Games similar Silent Hill and Resident Evil are evident influences, but we besides instrumentality a batch of inspiration from movies similar The Thing and Event Horizon. And much precocious we’ve been watching a batch of overseas fearfulness films. There’s immoderate truly brainsick worldly retired determination that is pushing the genre into immoderate terrifying places. The French and Koreans successful peculiar are truly stepping up their crippled successful the fearfulness genre. On apical of that we’ve recovered ourselves looking astatine a batch of existent beingness examples of fearfulness and gore. While these were a batch little amusive to research, it was immoderate of the astir memorable and invaluable contented erstwhile it came to creating realistic visuals and experiences.
PCGamesN: What benignant of equilibrium are they hoping to onslaught betwixt exploration, horror/atmosphere, and combat?
CS: When it comes to making fearfulness games, the lone regularisation is that determination are nary rules. It’s each astir going with your gut. That’s wherefore we deliberation astir “horror engineering,” which means mixing and matching a batch of antithetic aspects of what goes into scaring radical – atmosphere, tension, brutality, humanity, and helplessness. We premix and lucifer these details to support players guessing truthful they ne'er cognize what’s next. That said, we anticipation the crippled delivers a satisfying premix of exploration, atmosphere, and combat.
PCGamesN: What led to the determination to wantonness associations with the wider PUBG universe?
CS: When we started moving connected the game, the communicative was portion of the PUBG Universe timeline. But games alteration implicit the people of development. As we worked connected the communicative it grew bigger and bigger until it became wide that it was its ain thing. We emotion PUBG and volition inactive person surprises for fans of the franchise, but The Callisto Protocol is its ain story, with its ain characters, successful its ain universe.
PCGamesN: What benignant of level plan tin we expect – is it linear, linear with backtracking and forking paths, oregon thing much open?
CS: We’re a story-driven endurance fearfulness game, truthful the level plan volition consciousness acquainted to fans of games similar Resident Evil, but we’re creating tons of opportunities for players to spell disconnected the beaten way to observe caller surprises.
PCGamesN: Will Callisto Protocol marque usage of immoderate PC-specific features similar Nvidia DLSS/Reflex oregon AMD FSR? Will it diagnostic ray tracing, and if so, what kinds?
CS: We’ll person much to stock astir specs and PC-specific features arsenic we get person to launch, but mostly yes, we’re looking to enactment aboriginal PC technologies that enactment the representation prime of the game.
PCGamesN: Do the devs envision this arsenic the commencement of a franchise, and if so, bash they already person ideas for wherever they’d similar to instrumentality a sequel?
CS: We’d emotion for The Callisto Protocol to beryllium the commencement of a franchise, and we person nary shortage of ideas. But close now, we’re truly conscionable 100 percent focused connected making The Callisto Protocol the champion crippled it tin be.
PCGamesN: Summer Game Fest showed respective different caller entrants successful the sci-fi fearfulness abstraction – trends travel and go, but this 1 seems particularly abrupt and pronounced. Do the devs person immoderate thoughts connected the origin of this resurgence?
As a massive instrumentality of sci-fi and horror, I’m personally ace excited astir each the caller games being announced. Trends conscionable benignant of ebb and flow, whether that’s successful games, movies, tv, shows, oregon music. We’re conscionable focused connected making the crippled we’re passionate astir making. If it’s portion of a existent trend, each the better!
The Callisto Protocol volition merchandise connected December 2, 2022.