The Callisto Protocol, the latest survival horror game from Striking Distance Studios, released over the weekend with a myriad of technical problems. Most of those issues were on PC, which were somewhat fixed recently via a major patch. However, there’s still a long way to go before the game can be polished to an acceptable level across all platforms. According to the developer, expect many more patches and fixes in the coming weeks.
The Callisto Protocol is touted as a spiritual successor to Dead Space, coming from some of that series’ veteran developers including its creator Glen Schofield. While the reception has been mixed regarding its gameplay, story and characters, the performance issues were outed as the worst offenders. PC players reported having multiple framerate dips, stutters, crashes and pop-ins.
Over the weekend, Striking Distance quickly released a PC patch that promised to address many of those issues, though it has yielded mixed results as many players are still experiencing problems. A patch was also released for consoles that mainly addressed the framerate issues and crashes. “As we say in the tweet, we will communicate and keep you all updated. We want you to play the game as intended,” said Schofield in a recent tweet.
Reviews began pouring in from critics and users over the weekend with varying opinions. Some praised its unique approach to melee combat, striking visuals and facial animations, while others felt that the gameplay was too simplistic and broken to enjoy.
The fact that Striking Distance Studios held off on reviews being posted prior to launch day didn’t help its case as it made it seem like these issues were known by the developers who were trying to mask it for as long as possible. Now that the game is out in the wild, the studio has to double down on fixing the game as much as possible across consoles and PC, so expect more patchwork to arrive soon.
The Callisto Protocol is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Glen Schofield