The Callisto Protocol puts extra kill animations behind the Season Pass

You'll have to pick up some DLC to get additional death animations in The Callisto Protocol.


The Callisto Protocol is one of the few major releases still remaining on the 2022 gaming slate. This sci-fi horror adventure is led by ex-Dead Space developers and will soon arrive on PC and consoles. The game has shown plenty of violence and gore in its marketing, including some gnarly kill animations. The Callisto Protocol will have a slew of additional kill and death animations to experience in its full release, but some of them will be locked behind content in the Season Pass.

It was in a Reddit post from u/Videogameist that pointed out some language in regards to The Callisto Protocol’s DLC as found on its Steam page. In the description for the Digital Deluxe Edition, developer Striking Distance explains all of the perks included in the Season Pass. For the Contagion Bundle, it’s stated that the bundle “also includes thirteen new Jacob death animations and the Watchtower Skin Collection.” As for the Riot Bundle, that one “includes twelve new enemy death animations and the Engineer Skin Collection.”

Key art from The Callisto Protocol with a character seated on a rock.

Source: Krafton

It’s normal for content to be locked behind a Season Pass, but it’s not every day that you see something like character death and kill animations included in those perks. It’s something that has some fans scratching their heads in confusion. That said, there is a chance that this move makes sense with further context. As user u/vedomedo pointed out in a comment, perhaps the bundle includes a new weapon (or a skin for one) that opens the door for some new animations.

It’s yet to be seen what these DLC-exclusive animations will look like, but it won’t be long until we find out as The Callisto Protocol will be released for PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5 on December 2, 2022. In the meantime, count on Shacknews for everything you need to know about The Callisto Protocol.

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    November 23, 2022 7:50 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, The Callisto Protocol puts extra kill animations behind the Season Pass

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      November 23, 2022 8:02 AM

      Does this game have multiplayer?? Why would it need a season pass otherwise?

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        November 23, 2022 8:15 AM

        It shouldn't, it was supposed to be a SP only game.

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        November 23, 2022 9:08 AM

        "Season passes" are sometimes done for single player games that will get several DLCs over the next year or so. Spend $40 on a season pass to get 3 DLCs that would cost a total of $60 if bought individually, that kind of thing.

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          November 23, 2022 9:10 AM

          That’s dumb as AF

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            November 23, 2022 9:18 AM

            Calling it a "season pass" is goofy, but saving money if you buy all of X at once instead of piecemeal has been a sales thing since forever.

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              November 23, 2022 10:20 AM

              yep. borderlands, which has the most rudimentary MP component (but still fun) was Season's Pass'd up the wazoo from day 1

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            November 23, 2022 9:24 AM

            before you (or anyone) even play the game. some people are just optimistic i guess.

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              November 23, 2022 9:33 AM

              I love those games that fail but still have to churn out 2-3 DLC packages nonetheless.

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            November 23, 2022 9:49 AM

            As As Fuck?

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          November 23, 2022 1:06 PM


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      November 23, 2022 8:25 AM

      the fuck?? 🤨🤨

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      November 23, 2022 9:16 AM

      Probably will have a GOTY Edition next year with it all bundled and then go on sale for half off.

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        November 23, 2022 10:27 AM

        Ding ding ding!!!

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          November 23, 2022 1:52 PM

          Pretty much I can wait on most SP games now with exceptions I'll make for ones I really want to play right away. I generally just wait for them to get to half off and it seems 6-9 months is the usual rate.

          SP games with a tail of DLC is best to wait for it all to come out first and then get bundled.

          MP games are the opposite since you kind of want to get in during the honeymoon period.

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      November 23, 2022 9:35 AM


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      November 23, 2022 9:38 AM

      Wonder if this was done to get around rating issues is some locations?

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      November 23, 2022 10:15 AM

      No longer buying this. Total bullshit.

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      November 23, 2022 10:24 AM

      I was only mildly interested in this game but now I know it probably be one of those games I can pick up for cheap on sale down the road.

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      November 23, 2022 10:34 AM

      Imagine every action described as “cool” in game reviews in the last 10 years

      Imagine them all in a list

      Imagine publishers donning metaphorical lab coats as they systematically evaluate separating everything on that list and attaching extra price tags to them

      That’s what’s going on this decade.

      They’re testing what people are willing to pay more for and what they’re not, and when money does the talking, the complaining from the community is inconsequential.

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      November 23, 2022 11:31 AM

      Congratulations, you've found the fastest way to kill interest in your game.

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      November 23, 2022 12:36 PM

      Not a good look

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      November 23, 2022 12:48 PM

      Calm down everyone before we know more

      "As user u/vedomedo pointed out in a comment, perhaps the bundle includes a new weapon (or a skin for one) that opens the door for some new animations."

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        November 23, 2022 1:09 PM could fans be asking for even more deaths when literally no one has even played it yet?

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          November 23, 2022 1:59 PM

          That's easy, it's because he's lying.

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            November 23, 2022 2:05 PM

            The promo videos have very prominently featured different kills and deaths, so I’m sure there’ve been plenty of comments very enthusiastically supporting as much gore as possible. They’ve been marketing the gore since the beginning, so just continuing from there. 🤷‍♀️

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              November 23, 2022 2:51 PM

              It doesn’t matter. If that is so, marketing should have made damn clear to emphasize that in the initial announcement. This is a PR nightmare for a brand new IP. I went from must buy to never. I won’t support those antics.

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                November 23, 2022 5:23 PM

                I guess my post sounded pretty neutral, but my point was that’s a cheesy thing to base an entire marketing campaign around in the first place, so not surprised if it’s boneheadedly enacted. But still, I doubt anyone’s lying if they’re saying fans were asking for more gore, which was what I was specifically replying about.

                I’ve been on the fence with this game since the second or third showing, so I don’t really have a lot of surprise or outrage on this. I wasn’t going to buy it at launch and haven’t had much belief in the quality of the studio leadership.

                There are going to be so many space station horror games coming up, I strongly doubt this will be the best of them. Mostly looking forward to Quantum Error, Routine and The Altars, plus Negative Atmosphere, Fort Solis and the next Dark Pictures games look promising too. Callisto has decent graphics, but everything else seems old fashioned.

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          November 23, 2022 2:58 PM

          Fans: “I want death.”
          Devs: “it’s in the dlc”

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