Earlier this yr we gave PlayStation followers a world-exclusive first have a look at The Callisto Protocol, a brand new science-fiction survival horror sport from the workforce at Putting Distance Studios.
The response from the PlayStation group has been unimaginable. Followers have informed us that they love the oppressive ambiance, the terrifying creatures, and remoted deep area setting. We’re grateful for the superior suggestions. It has impressed the workforce as we polish the sport for launch in December.
However the group has additionally had loads of questions – particularly in regards to the fight and gameplay.
That’s why I’m excited to be right here to offer you a primary have a look at some new options that we’re rolling out this week at gamescom.
Brutal, strategic fight
Delivering an progressive new strategic fight system for The Callisto Protocol has been an enormous focus for the workforce. Motion in a survival horror sport must be a fragile dance between emotions of determined helplessness and strategic, skill-based gameplay. It’s a traditionally powerful steadiness to get proper.
To resolve this, we made the fight in The Callisto Protocol a singular mixture of ranged capturing and brutal melee, with a singular gravity weapon referred to as the GRP (or “Grip”) that permit’s gamers shortly transfer between the 2.
We wish gamers to have choices, however we additionally need them to be terrified of each encounter as they rise up shut and private with the enemies.
We expect it’s one of the intense, visceral, and terrifying fight programs we’ve skilled, and it’s amplified by a few of the next-gen options on the PS5 – particularly the unimaginable haptic suggestions on the DualSense controller.
There’s nothing like feeling the highly effective strike of the stun baton touchdown on one of many Biophage via haptic suggestions. It offers me chills each time.
This week at gamescom we’re introducing an all-new mechanic referred to as Mutations that add much more depth to the sport’s fight.
The creatures in The Callisto Protocol – referred to as Biophage – are inmates at Black Iron Jail who’ve been reworked by a mysterious outbreak that has thrown the moon into chaos. Because the contagion ravages the host’s physique, it spreads via a sequence of tentacles that violently erupt out of their flesh.
When the tentacles emerge, the participant has a brief window to kill the virus with a number of well-placed photographs on the tentacles earlier than they will wreak additional havoc on their host.
Kill the virus and also you get a fast takedown of an enemy. Miss, and … nicely, you don’t wish to miss.
If the participant fails to take down a Biophage when the tentacles emerge, the virus takes over the creature and units off a sequence of hideous mutations that make them stronger, tougher to kill, and customarily extra lethal. Fail to cease the mutations on a number of creatures without delay and gamers will face a mob of monstrous blood-thirsty foes.
Epic set piece moments
At gamescom we additionally revealed an exhilarating second from about midway via the sport the place Jacob will get thrown into the sewage system within the underbelly of Black Iron Jail.
Whereas The Callisto Protocol is a survival horror sport, we wished to verify to sometimes combine up the sorts of horror gamers expertise. Generally Jacob is feeling his manner via darkish jail corridors, typically he’s flailing for his life in an uncontrollable slide into the depths of the jail’s sanitation system.
Throughout this second, gamers should keep away from environmental hazards as they thrash within the unstoppable present. And naturally, a brutal over-the-top dying awaits for many who fail to make it out alive.
We’ve bought much more to share within the months forward, however we hope you loved this new have a look at The Callisto Protocol.
The Callisto Protocol launches on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 December 2, 2022. Glen Schofield affords extra insights into the gamescom demo and the sport as a complete in a brand new PS.Weblog interview that you would be able to learn right here.