The Callisto Protocol series will continue without Dead Space creator

With the Project Birdseye reveal, Striking Distance has announced a new entry in The Calisto Protocol series following the departure of founder Glen Schofield.

The Callisto Protocol series will continue without Dead Space creator
Jack Ridsdale

Jack Ridsdale

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Dead Space spiritual successor The Calisto Protocol had plenty of players hunting those Calisto Protocol trophies — particularly when it shot onto the top PS5 games of 2023 list thanks to its appearance as a PS Plus game. Now, Striking Distance Studios is hoping for a few more to check out the franchise with the unexpected Project Birdseye reveal. They're also doing it without founder Glen Schofield, and it's a follow-up you might not be expect.

Next Callisto Protocol series game is a top-down roguelike

Dead Space creator Glen Schofield left the studio in September 2023, as Bloomberg reported, following The Calisto Protocol's disappointing performance. Despite the loss of its founder, Striking Distance has continued to cook up new software and is working on another triple-A title, alongside the newly announced spin-off Project Birdseye.
Project Birdseye is a top-down roguelike where players can earn new weapons and upgrades as they fight their way through Black Iron Prison. It looks a lot like games like The Ascent and Ruiner, with a comic book art style that is rather different from the gritty horror aesthetic of Calisto

Naturally, many fans will be wondering if that new triple-A game in development is a sequel to The Calisto Protocol. As Project Birdseye is set in the same universe as the horror shooter, it's fair to assume that it is indeed a sequel, although the poor sales of the original will likely make fans (and the remaining studio backers) nervous.
Striking Distance will have to do something special to set the sequel apart from other horror games on the market. Perhaps it was the 2023 Dead Space remake that cannibalized the audience of the original, so without such competition this time around, perhaps Striking Distance could cultivate a bigger fanbase with a follow-up. They'll just have to do it all without the studio founder at their back.

The Calisto Protocol wasn't quite worthy of our best horror games list, but perhaps a sequel could right the wrongs of the original. Would you play a sequel to the 2022 survival horror game? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by Jack Ridsdale
Jack is primarily a fan of big, dumb, action games with a soft spot for some Japanese quirkiness. His favorite game series include Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty, The Last of Us, and Marvel's Spider-Man. He has a keen interest in the business of video games, and complicated opinions about Final Fantasy VII Remake.
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