The Callisto Protocol comes from Striking Distance Studios and is published by its parent Krafton. Lately, new details have been shared about The Callisto Protocol’s development and gameplay, with information shared about its connection, or lack thereof, to Krafton’s PUBG: Battlegrounds.
It had been explicitly stated that The Callisto Protocol belonged on PUBG: Battlegrounds’ canonical timeline, though it took place 300 years into the future, which would consequently mean that it is in PUBG: Battlegrounds’ future as well. However, clarifications have been made since this information has been shared, and it appears as if this far-flung connection between The Callisto Protocol and PUBG: Battlegrounds has already run its course.
In a post released earlier today, Schofield announces that The Callisto Protocol is effectively “its own world, story, and universe.” Acknowledging that The Callisto Protocol was previously meant to coincide with the PUBG timeline, it has apparently expanded past any narrative logistics for this connection to be tangible, and thus it is no more. It is uncertain why this change was made in particular, and suddenly as it seems, but Schofield states that The Callisto Protocol will “still have little surprises for fans,” which may imply that PUBG: Battlegrounds Easter eggs may still be included.
This decision was possibly made in reference to fan feedback that questioned the connection between both games. However obscure or redundant, the tether between The Callisto Protocol and PUBG: Battlegrounds was likely requested by Krafton and was never intended to be a significant part of The Callisto Protocol’s lore anyway. This clean separation as clarified by Schofield suggests that its connection to PUBG: Battlegrounds has done nothing for either IP, and that Schofield wishes for it to not be lumped in with the influential battle royale title.
Indeed, fans were concerned with this narrative connection due to the implications it made about The Callisto Protocol’s story, and if it would be obligated to reference PUBG: Battlegrounds chiefly. This would have arguably disrupted fans’ immersion into Schofield’s new action-horror IP, but fans may now either be pleased or displeased with The Callisto Protocol’s decision to adopt its own original universe.
New information about The Callisto Protocol has detailed specific weapons players will have at their disposal, the biophage creatures they will face, and the announcement that actor Josh Duhamel is playing the lead protagonist role of Jacob Lee. More will certainly be announced and shown off soon as details continue to hit the public, especially with demos, screenshots, and other content being shown for The Callisto Protocol behind closed doors.
The Callisto Protocol is scheduled to release in 2022 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.