The Callisto Protocol was shown off in more gory detail last night at the Summer Games Fest showcase, where we were treated to an “uncut” trailer as well as actual gameplay footage. The footage seems to show various stages of the game, with some serious references to Dead Space.
After all, Glen Schofield is the genius mind behind the original Dead Space titles, so it’s no surprise that The Callisto Protocol would mirror it. The gameplay footage also showcases a couple of weapons, what appears to be an armour piece and psychic abilities that we will have access to.
From the start of the footage, we are immediately hit with Isaac Clarke nostalgia, sporting what appears to be some type of orange prison jumpsuit in a super creepy and atmospheric setting, with a green health bar on the back of our necks – except this time, its horizontal. As the eerie violins linger in the background, we are treated with a typical Dead Space jumpscare designed to make you throw the controller out the window, along with any residue of the game itself.
Shortly afterward the first enemy appears, in what looks like a human being that has gone a little insane (have you checked for Markers?). Our protagonist then picks the foe up in an epic cosplay of Darth Vader, bringing them in closer shortly before hurling them across the room. We don’t know if there will be other abilities to choose from, though, this was heavily reminiscent of the telekinesis from Dead Space.
Throwing them across the room like an old teddy looks to be a great way to create quick distance between our character and enemies. We then got our first look at weapons in The Callisto Protocol and judging by the controlled shooting of the gameplay, I assume we will need to be hesitant with spending ammo, as we were in Dead Space.
While it may not look like a requirement, it does appear that severing limbs will be a completely viable option when it comes to tackling enemies. We also saw a short bit of melee combat and it looks incredibly satisfying – we hope that there will be some sort of crafting system for our weapons as well just to mix things up.
Excitingly, The Callisto Protocol also appears to offer players multiple ways to annihilate enemies, including using the scenery and environment around you. We see this towards the end of the gameplay footage where our protagonist has now donned armour, and we see industrial fans powering up. Moments later, an enemy is picked up using Darth Vader protocol (telekinesis) and hurled into the giant fan to become blood mist. However, it appears that we can also become the same blood mist so you will need to keep your wits about you.
The Callisto Protocol releases on the 2nd of December 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, as well as Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.