The Callisto Procotol

Perhaps one of the most exciting games on the horizon is The Callisto Protocol - led by the creator of the Dead Space series, Glen Schofield.

Unfortunately for Japan, it seems it won't get the chance to play this upcoming survival horror game - with developer Striking Distance Studios announcing it has decided to cancel the local release in this part of the world after the game did not pass the CERO ratings board classification process.

The developer decided against making any changes to the game, as it does not want to compromise the experience (here's the message, via VGC):

“We have decided to discontinue the Japanese version of The Callisto Protocol,” the game’s official social media account stated on Wednesday.

“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.”

Tokyo-based video game analyst Dr. Serkan Toto, who highlighted the game's cancellation in Japan, noted in a series of tweets how classification in the country has become much stricter over the years since the founding of CERO in 2002 - even with homemade series like Resident Evil:

"CERO was founded in 2002 and has become stricter and stricter over the years. Games censored for nudity and violence in Japan include Last Of Us, Cyberpunk, Uncharted 1, Witcher 3, GTA V etc.

"...Needless to say, censorship also affects home-made games, i.e. Resident Evil - when compared to the Western release. It is also important to understand that sometimes, Japanese games get 2 releases, one cut and one "gory" version. The gory version typically sells better."

Although it seems like Japan will be missing out on The Calisto Protocol, the game will ship in all other parts of the world on 2nd December.

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