The Callisto Protocol’s Japanese release derailed by ratings board

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The Callisto Protocol is one of the most anticipated survival horror games in recent memory. A product of the same mind that gave us Dead Space—that of horror maestro Glen Schofield—The Callisto Protocol is set to release on December 2nd this year courtesy of publisher Krafton and Schofield’s own Striking Distance Studios.

The game is set in a far-future prison colony on Jupiter’s moon Callisto, called Black Iron, which is besieged by an alien invasion. The game was shown off at this year’s Summer Games Fest back in June with its world premiere gameplay trailer, which you can see below. The game has made quite stir among survival horror fans (you’ll see why).

Unfortunately for Japanese gamers, the game won’t see a release in their country thanks to a dispute with Japan’s Computer Entertainment Rating Organisation (CERO). The game, which admittedly is an especially violent and gory one (which you know for yourself if you watched the trailer) was unable to meet CERO’s standards in its current form.

While it should be noted that Japanese games often get alternate releases, one being a “cut” version that censors the goriest bits, Striking Distance Studios decided it could not alter the game and retain its vision. The studio made the announcement on the game’s official Twitter account.

We have decided to discontinue the Japanese version of The Callisto Protocol. We have determined that the game cannot pass the CERO rating in its current state and that changing the content will not provide the experience that players expect. We would appreciate your understanding in Japan

Japanese games analyst and CEO of Kantan Games Dr. Serkan Toto explained that since its 2002 inception, CERO has become increasingly strict in regards to video game censorship. He notes that among other high-profile games to be censored in Japan are Uncharted, The Last of Us, The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Via PureXbox.

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