The Callisto Protocol Teams Up With Walking Dead Creator’s Skybound Entertainment

Striking Distance Studios is teaming up with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his company Skybound Entertainment to expand the reach of the upcoming survival-horror game The Callisto Protocol.

The Callisto Protocol is an upcoming, single-player survival horror game from Striking Distance Studios and PUBG developer Krafton Inc. Striking Distance says The Walking Dead creator’s company will utilize Skybound’s “expertise in building horror-themed transmedia” brands.

In a statement, Kirkman cites The Walking Dead’s expansion from original comics to TV shows, novels, video games, and more and says that he “can’t wait to explore similar possibilities for The Callisto Protocol with Skybound’s multiplatform expertise.”

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So while it’s unclear what this strategic partnership will look like, it sounds like Kirkman and Skybound believe in The Callisto Protocol as a horror brand and are interested in exploring more platforms for the series, possibly beyond games.

The Callisto Protocol is being developed by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield and is set within the PUBG universe, but 300 years into the future. Despite this connection, Schofield says The Callisto Protocol will be purely focused on being “the scariest game on next-gen platforms.”

Originally revealed at The Game Awards, The Callisto Protocol also premiered a gory Red-Band Trailer. Set in the year 2320 on the Jupiter moon of Callisto, players “must survive unspeakable horrors as they escape Black Iron [Prison] and uncover the dark secrets of the mysterious United Jupiter Company.”

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Schofield told IGN in an interview that the idea for The Callisto Protocol pre-dated its induction into the PUBG universe, and is a pure, third-person, survival horror game, not a battle royale.

The Callisto Protocol will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC sometime in 2022.

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Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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