The Callisto Protocol Is Set in the PUBG Universe




The Callisto Protocol – the new sci-fi horror from the creator of Dead Space – is definitely set in the universe of PUBG. We just don’t quite know how right now.

Announced at The Game Awards 2020, The Callisto Protocol comes from Glen Schofield and his new studio Striking Distance, a developer set up specifically to create a “narrative experience” within the world of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. However, when the Callisto Protocol was shown off, the game looked far more like Dead Space than PUBG.

However, speaking to IGN, a spokesperson for Striking Distance confirmed that the game is indeed that same narrative experience, and connected to PUBG – but wouldn’t say exactly how.

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That connection could be very interesting – PUBG’s background narrative has gotten increasingly in-depth over time (including an appearance from Jonathan Frakes among many other things), but Callisto Protocol is set on one of Jupiter’s moons in the year 2320, whereas the battle royale is based around the story of a multi-billionaire that organises mercenary battles in his razed fictional homeland. This could be an interesting one to explain.

We’ve definitely spotted some Dead Space connections in the new game, and we’ve also had thoughts about how to turn PUBG into a narrative game – but neither crosses over quite yet. We’ll let you know more as soon as we find it out.

The Callisto Protocol was one of many, many new announcements last night – here’s everything announced and revealed at The Game Awards 2020.

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Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.



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