- The developer of The Callisto Protocol, Striking Distance Studios, has laid off 32 employees, including some senior staff, as part of a move to prioritize future projects for success.
- The Callisto Protocol received mixed reviews and was considered less impressive than the Dead Space series, which it drew inspiration from, resulting in a commercial and critical flop for the studio.
- Striking Distance Studios has struggled to regain support from fans since the game’s disappointing launch, and the layoffs may indicate further challenges ahead for the subsidiary of Krafton.
The developer of The Callisto Protocol, Striking Distance Studios, has recently laid off 32 employees, including some senior staff. Founded in 2019, Striking Distance Studios released The Callisto Protocol at the end of 2022 as its first game. With the project being led by Glen Schofield, the co-creator of the Dead Space series, hopes were high among many gamers for the studio’s inaugural release. Unfortunately, the game’s reception was mixed.
The Callisto Protocol mostly received poor to average reviews. Further, its release came shortly before the remake of Dead Space which was very similar in terms of themes and gameplay. In general, fans felt that The Callisto Protocol was less impressive than Dead Space, the game it drew inspiration from. As a result, Striking Distance Studios was faced with a commercial and critical flop for its debut.
Now, less than a year after the release of The Callisto Protocol, Striking Distance Studios has confirmed that it has laid off 32 employees. First revealed publicly when Twitter user Timur222 revealed posts from LinkedIn, the studio has since offered more details and an explanation for the decision. It seems that the studio as well as Krafton, the holding company which owns it, made the choice in order to “realign the studio’s priorities to better position its current and future projects for success.”
There’s currently no complete list of what positions have been cut but at least some senior staff have been impacted. One Senior Environment Artist at the studio has since posted on LinkedIn, announcing his layoff and search for a new job. While the company is framing the decision as a move that will set it up for future accomplishments, it’s difficult to not see this as a worrying sign. After the poor reception of the last game, many felt that fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a Callisto Protocol sequel. This news could be a cause for more pessimism.
Since the disappointing launch of The Callisto Protocol, Striking Distance Studios has failed to turn things around. The Final Transmission DLC for The Callisto Protocol was controversial and the studio has not done anything since to reassure fans or win back their support. Given this recent history, it’s not surprising to see the studio beginning layoffs.
While Krafton has announced it’s opening a new AAA studio, its subsidiary appears to be struggling. Whether Striking Distance Studios bounces back and releases a new title or begins a decline leading to closure remains to be seen. Gamers and fans of horror will want to keep an eye out for future developments.
The Callisto Protocol is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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