The Callisto Protocol (opens in new tab)the new survival horror in development at Striking Distance Studios by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield was said to be set in the PUBG universe (opens in new tab) when it was announced in 2020. It was a baffling crossover: The Callisto Protocol, based on what little we’ve seen of it, looks very Dead Space – i.e. dark and horrible and horrible – while PUBG is basically a goofy battle royale where people use frying pans to protect their butts. So it was weird.
Anyway, for unknown reasons that plan has now changed, as Schofield revealed today on Twitter.
FYI @CallistoTheGame is its own story and world. It no longer occurs in the PUBG universe. It was originally part of the PUBG timeline, but grew up in its own world. PUBG is amazing, and we still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story and universe.May 26, 2022
“For your information @CallistoTheGame is its own story and world,” he tweeted. “That doesn’t happen in the PUBG universe anymore. It was originally part of the PUBG timeline, but it has grown into its own world. PUBG is amazing and we will still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story and universe. “
Schofield didn’t say what prompted the narrative repositioning, and frankly, I don’t think it really matters, because you can say “Callisto Protocol is a PUBG game” all day and you’ll never establish a lasting organic connection between the two: hypotheses, it’s an odd question for trivia night.
At the same time, I can’t help but be curious. Why, after going through all the hurdles necessary to justify Callisto Protocol as a PUBG game, would Striking Distance Studios suddenly change direction? The name PUBG lost so much cachet? Is Striking Distance leaving PUBG Corporation? Glen got tired of explaining to people that, yes, Callisto Protocol is seriously set in the PUBG universe, and please stop asking him about it?
I’ve reached out to Striking Distance and Krafton (the parent of Striking Distance and PUBG Studios) for more information and will update if I get a response. The Callisto Protocol is expected to be launched later this year.