The Callisto Protocol Canceled in Japan for Failing to Meet Requirements of CERO Ratings Board

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The Callisto Protocol, Striking Distance Studios’ new sci-fi horror game led by Dead Space and Call of Duty franchise veteran Glen Schofield, will no longer be released in Japan, according to a message shared yesterday on the game’s official Japanese Twitter account. “The Callisto Protocol’s Japanese version has been discontinued,” a translation reads before going on to explain that the game “cannot pass the CERO rating” and how the developers opted not to make the required changes because they wouldn’t “provide the experience players expect.” Starring Josh Duhamel as cargo space ship pilot Jacob Lee, The Callisto Protocol will be available elsewhere for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on December 2, 2022.

An official description for The Callisto Protocol:

In this narrative-driven, third-person survival horror game set 300 years in the future, the player will take on the role of Jacob Lee – a victim of fate thrown into Black Iron Prison, a maximum-security penitentiary located on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto. When inmates begin to transform into monstrous creatures, the prison is thrown into chaos. To survive, Jacob must battle his way to safety to escape Black Iron Prison, while uncovering the dark and disturbing secrets buried beneath the surface of Callisto. Using a unique blend of shooting and close-quarters combat, Jacob will need to adapt his tactics to combat the rapidly evolving creatures while scavenging to unlock new weapons, gear, and abilities to outrun the growing threat and escape the horrors of Jupiter’s Dead Moon.

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