The Callisto protocol, which should capture and revive the spirit of horror game classic Dead Space when it launches in December, has been canceled in Japan after developer Striking Distance and publisher Krafton refuse to make changes to the third-person shooter to meet the requirements of the Japanese Certification Council.
According to a post on The Callisto Protocol’s official Twitter account, the horror game will no longer be launched in Japan after CERO, the country’s certification agency similar to ESRB, ruled that Striking Distance and Krafton should retain the content of The Callisto Protocol. change to get a rating. Reportedly, the creators were unwilling to do this because it would put the game too seriously.
“It was decided that modifying the game to get a rating would not deliver the experience players expect,” explains the . from after. “The CERO classification could not be achieved.” Japanese pre-orders for the game will reportedly be refunded at a later date.
Released on December 2, The Callisto Protocol casts you as Jacob Lee, an inmate in a dystopian space prison called Black Iron, as they struggle to survive against hordes of fellow inmates mutated by a deadly virus. Overseen by Glenn Schofield, producer of the original Dead Space, it takes a lot of inspiration from the defining EA horror, which is also getting a remake on January 23. It’s unclear exactly what aspect of The Callisto Protocol caused it to clash with the Japanese rating board, though the game will likely focus on body horror and gore.
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