Glen Schofield, the co-creator and executive producer of the original Dead Space and founder of Striking Distance Studios, recently posted on Twitter that the upcoming third-person survival horror game The Callisto Protocol will no longer take place in the PUBG Universe.
FYI @CallistoTheGame is its own story and world. It no longer takes place in the PUBG Universe. It was originally part of the PUBG timeline, but grew into its own world. PUBG is awesome, &we will still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story and universe.
— Glen A. Schofield (@GlenSchofield) May 26, 2022
When Callisto was initially announced back in December 2020, the developers said they wanted to expand the PUBG: Battlegrounds universe by creating a narrative-driven game. Speaking to IGN in August 2021, Schofield said
The funny thing is, I came in with this story when I went and met with the PUBG people for the first time and started talking about [The Callisto Protocol] and building a studio. I presented this game to them, and so what we did was we made it fit within the PUBG storyline.
Now it seems the game has come into its own and broken free from the confines of a preexisting world. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing.
When it was revealed that Callisto would be connected to the PUBG Universe, I was a little disappointed. I was excited by the prospect of a spiritual successor to Dead Space, but bummed out that it had to be connected to a pre-existing universe (and one that I wasn’t very familiar with to boot). I thought a new title should have the freedom to do whatever it wanted to and not be restrained by the limitations of having to fit itself within an already established world. It looks like I got my wish.
The Callisto Protocol is currently set to launch in the second half of 2022 as a cross-gen title for both last and new-gen PlayStation and Xbox platforms, as well as PC.