Striking Distance Studios announced that The Callisto Protocol will not be published in Japan due to restrictions imposed by the classification body CANDLE. Players in the Rising Sun will therefore be able to purchase the game only by importing a retail copy from other countries.
According to a tweet published by the game’s official Japanese accout, The Callisto Protocol did not meet the requirements of the Japanese classification body, which would prevent its publication in Japan.
In the message it is explained that to get the green light from the CERO would have been necessary changes so drastic that it would result in a very different gaming experience from that designed by the developers. Hence the difficult decision to cancel the Japanese version of The Callisto Protocol. It is also assured that all currently active pre-orders will be refunded.
For the moment it is not clear which aspects of The Callisto Protocol did not go to genius at CERO and perhaps we will never know for sure. Perhaps the problem is the presence of scenes extremely violent and gore elements, but this is just our guess.
The Callisto Protocol is expected on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S next 2 December. While it hasn’t hit stores yet, director Glen Schofield said the studio’s next project, likely a sequel to The Callisto Protocol, won’t require crunch.