Callisto Protocol director Glen Schofield has had to clarify some details about the game’s season pass this week, after it was reported that some of the game’s highly anticipated gore would be paywalled from launch.
The misunderstanding likely stems from the game’s listing on Steam, which offers a Digital Deluxe Edition for $20 more than the standard game. Digital Deluxe includes the game’s season pass, which will consist of a skin collection, two new game modes, a story DLC, and a bonus of 13 new player death animations and 12 new enemy death animations.
With the season pass purchase available from launch, and the Steam description lacking any kind of timeframe for the release of the extra content, some outlets reported that 25 of the game’s gruesome death animations – which have made up a large part of the game’s marketing – would be locked behind a paywall from launch.
While it’s true that these animations will only be available to players who spend the extra money, which will presumably also be available later as a standalone add-on, Schofield took to Twitter to explain that this content hadn’t even been developed yet. All the extra animations promised in the Contagion and Riot packs will be bonus content available on top of the countless gruesome death scenes already in the game.
To be clear: We are not withholding anything from the main game for the season pass. We haven’t even started work on this content yet. There are completely new things we will be working on in the new year. Fans have been asking for EVEN MORE deaths, so we’re making that a priority next year.
— Glen A. Schofield (@GlenSchofield) 23 November 2022
Schofield added that this additional content is being developed in response to fan feedback, with players requesting an even wider variety of death animations. In a reply to a later tweet, Schofield added that “we put all the freakin stuff that was done in the shipping game.” The Callisto Protocol is due for release on December 2nd for PC, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
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