The Callisto Protocol Canceled in Japan, Deemed Too Unsuitable Following Lack of Compromises; Full Pre-Order Refunds

The official Japanese promotional Twitter account for the upcoming survival horror adventure, The Callisto Protocol, has announced that the game will not be sold in the region due to its contents being too unsuitable unless certain elements were altered. And, since creative compromises will damage the game’s original vision and intentions, plans for the game in Japan have been officially canceled.

You can view the account’s full translated tweet below via our team’s Ryuji:

The Japanese version of The Calisto Protocol has been officially cancelled.

The Japanese rating board CERO has deemed the game too unsuitable to be released in the territory, unless we change elements and apply for a re-submission.

However, we feel that if we do that, we will be compromising the player experience, so we have made the heavy decision to ultimately cancel the version.

We are sorry for the inconvenience to all fans in Japan. All pre-orders for the Japanese version will be refunded promptly.

For those unaware, Japan is quite strict with human dismemberment and similar facets, so while the reaction isn’t entirely surprising, seeing a title straight-up canceled is still unexpected.

The original Japanese tweet announcing this news is viewable below:

The Callisto Protocol is set in 2320, where players take on the role of a prisoner named Jacob Lee. Stuck in the prison colony of Black Iron, his only goal is to escape an alien invasion that users in a host of creatures.

If you missed it, check out our Preview.

 The Callisto Protocol is launching for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on December 2, 2022.

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