Update (11/23/22) – Striking Distance Studios CEO Glen A. Schofield took to Twitter to confirm that the team isn’t “holding anything back from the main game for the season pass.” This means that there will be no death animations locked behind the season pass for the main story.
He confirmed that the new death animations will be brand new and will arrive as part of the Contagion Pack and Riot Pack. Schofield also shared that the team hasn’t even started working on it yet and that “fans have been asking for EVEN MORE kills, so we’re making that a priority next year.”
To be clear: we’re not holding back anything from the main game for the Season Pass. We haven’t even started working on that content yet. These are all new things that we will be working on in the new year. Fans have been asking for EVEN MORE kills, so we’re making it a priority next year.
— Glen A. Schofield (@GlenSchofield) November 23, 2022
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Striking Distance Studios has announced the contents of The Callisto Protocol‘s Season Pass, revealing that several player death animations are locked behind the additional purchase.
As reported by VGCGames steam page has been updated to include Season Pass content, revealing that 13 kill animations (which have been an important feature of the game’s marketing) will not be included in the regular $59.99 version of the game.
Instead, players will need to purchase the Season Pass to experience each animation. So far, this is only being announced as part of the $79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition (or $249.99 collectible), but will likely be sold separately for around $20.
The Season Pass also includes story DLC that allows players to “dig deeper into the gruesome secrets of the Callisto Protocol”, the Outer Way Skin Collection, and two new modes brought by the Contagion and Riot packs.
The Contagion Pack includes all 13 new death animations alongside what appears to be the hardest mode in the game. This Contagion mode has “reduced ammo and health drops, custom difficulty, permanent death, and another collection of skins
The Riot Pack includes what looks like a survival mode for the Callisto Protocol. “Gather credits to upgrade your weapons or forge new ones and survive the onslaught for as long as you can in Riot,” reads the Steam page. The Riot Bundle also includes 12 new enemy death animations and the Engineer Skin Collection.
The Callisto Protocol – Official Gamescom 2022 Screenshots
Striking Distance Studios is run by Glen Schofield, one of guiding figures behind the 2008 horror game Dead Space. In light of this, it’s only natural that the Callisto Protocol would make grizzly bear kills a major part of its DNA.
From getting crushed in industrial machinery, getting their heads bitten off by hungry monsters, and being hacked in half by the blades of a giant fan, the studio has already showcased a range of ways bloody stories that protagonist Jacob Lee can meet his end while exploring the Black Iron Penal Colony.
Callisto Protocol is so relentlessly bloody that the Japanese version of the game has been completely canceled when it failed to surpass the country’s rating body.
Continuing the theme, the developers have even included a feat to see all of the death animations in the game, though that probably won’t include the 13 animations that are locked behind the Season Pass.
Be sure to check Full IGN Breakdown of what each edition of Callisto Protocol contains to ensure you get the horror experience you are looking for.
The article and title have been updated with clarifying remarks from Glen Schofield.
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