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The Callisto Protocol, from the creators of Dead Space, looks a lot like Dead Space

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Striking Distance Studios, founded last year by former Visceral Games boss Glen Schofield, finally revealed what it's been working on over the past year, and I am more than a little excited to say that it's giving off some serious Dead Space vibes. Called The Callisto Protocol, it's a "story-driven, singleplayer survival game" set in a poorly-lit sci-fi world that appears to be overrun with twitching, wet grotesqueries that bear more than a slight resemblance to Necromorphs.

Dead Space was created by Visceral, and so it should be a lot of fun to see what happens when they go back to that style of Alien-inspired survival-horror gameplay. It's also a little surprising: When Striking Distance was announced, Schofield said the studio was developing "an original narrative in the PUBG universe." This could technically be that, I suppose, but it sure doesn't look like it.

The Callisto Protocol is scheduled to come out sometime in 2022. There's a website with more at

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.