Striking Distance Studios founder Glen Schofiled has announced on Twitter that his upcoming survival horror game The Callisto Protocol is no longer a part of the PUBG universe. The spiritual successor to Dead Space is still slated to release in 2022 for PC and consoles.
FYI @CallistoTheGame 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.
— Glen A. Schofield (@GlenSchofield) May 26, 2022
Now, I know what you’re thinking, how could they possibly replace all of the deep lore of the expanded PUBG universe? Well, I put it to you that the only defining things about PUBG in terms of narrative are that people fight to the death in battle royale and they are then rewarded with chicken dinners.
Striking Distance Studios was created in order to expand the PUBG universe with a narrative game, but that’s tricky when it’s blasting off into a sci-fi future and throwing alien monstrosities in your face, with no obvious connection to the original PUBG setting. Even when the game was announced, Schofield admitted in an IGN interview that he already had the concept for The Callisto Protocol in mind before joining PUBG publisher Krafton, and they had to find a way to fit his idea into their universe. In other words, it was probably about as connected as the various films that are slapped together in the Cloverfield series of films.
The setting of The Callisto Protocol is as follows:
Set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in the year 2320, The Callisto Protocol is a next-generation take on survival horror. The game challenges players to escape the maximum security Black Iron Prison and uncover its terrifying secrets. A blend of horror, action, and immersive storytelling, the game aims to set a new bar for horror in interactive entertainment.
While still apparently set for a 2022 release, we’ve seen precious little of the game since 2020 when it was announced, and that will obviously have some expecting the game to be delayed. Then again, it seems that they’re starting to ramp up toward release and have just featured as a Game Informer cover story.