Callisto Protocol combat will be “equal parts melee and ranged”

Since its first announcement, the Callisto Protocol has been compared to Dead Space in almost every way. With ex-Dead Space devs working on the title, comparisons were always going to be made, but a new interview has revealed that the game’s combat might be a bit different from EA’s flagship sci-fi horror franchise.

Talk with GameInformer, design director Ben Walker talks in-depth about combat in The Callisto Protocol, explaining that the game will have a heavy emphasis on proximity and customization. Since ammo will apparently be very limited, you’ll have to deal with threats in different ways, and Walker explains that the game’s combat will be “equal parts melee and ranged”. You’ll also be able to use the controller’s left stick during fights to dodge left and right, and can even back up to block enemy attacks.


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Walker also goes into great detail about what the PS5’s DualSense controller will make you experience during combat, revealing that you’ll be able to feel the bones crack in your hands when you land a well-placed blow with the game’s stun baton. Callisto Protocol will use also the controller’s adaptive triggers to try to give you as immersive an experience as possible.

We also know from recent gameplay footage shown at Summer Game Fest that The Callisto Protocol will feature some pretty gnarly death animations, as the gameplay one shows the main character getting boiled as he is sucked into a turbine. . If you’re hoping to see more grizzly bear kills, you’ll be pleased to hear that Walker also promised the game has plenty of them, and he thinks the team uses them as a very morbid form of reward.

Speaking of gore, the developers of The Callisto Protocol have gone out of their way to try and deliver as gross an experience as possible, as the game’s animation director Chris Stone revealed, the developers looked at “examples real horror and gore”. Whether that’s a particularly healthy thing for a team to do when creating a video game is another matter altogether.

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