Callisto Protocol takes players to an abandoned high-security prison on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto, and while that sounds like an ideal enough setting for a sci-fi survival horror game in itself, it will have many layers.
And I’m talking about actual layers. In The PlayStation Blog post, developer Striking Distance Studios has revealed a new location, called Below, which is, appropriately enough, a network of underground tunnels and passages beneath the aforementioned prison. As for its aesthetics, its basic and dull look is going to provide a contrast to the sci-fi look of the rest of the game, according to environment art director Aasim Zubair.
[Below is unique] because most of it is based on real world materials and shapes,” says Zubair. “Instead of the gritty sci-fi design cues that dominate many of the game’s other environments, Below allows the player to feel grounded in something familiar and relatable while also letting them look into past humanity’s first attempt to colonize the dead moon.”
Interestingly, according to Zubair, Below will also provide “a great opportunity for exploration, hidden spaces, eeriness and an opportunity to use the space for compelling environmental storytelling.”
Meanwhile character director Glauco Longhi has also provided more details on the Biophages, who will serve as the main monstrous enemies you’ll cross paths with. Callisto Protocol. “We started with the idea of infected humans so that part of the fear is that what happened to them could happen to you too,” he said.
Of the 10-11 unique enemy types Callisto Protocol The Grunts will be the lowest in the food chain, as their name suggests. “[Grunts] bridging the gap between humans and more monstrous creatures, [their] silhouettes, proportions and anatomy are rather close to humans,” said Longhi.
Then there are the Rushers, who have “a jerky, step type of movement with twisting joints and limbs”, and can sprint, jump on players, and even walk on walls. Another type of enemy, called the Blind, was also revealed before – read more about that here.
Callisto Protocol launches on December 2 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out its PC requirements via here. The game’s season pass was also recently detailed – it will include a story expansion, new death animations, wave-based Riot mode, and more.