“The Callisto Protocol has decided to stop the release of the Japanese version. As of now, the CERO rating cannot be passed. We have decided that we would no longer be able to provide you with the experience you need. We hope everyone in Japan will understand. If you have already pre-ordered, we will refund you.”
CERO, a rating agency based in Tokyo, has been remarkably stringent about censorship in games ever since its founding in 2022, and has been responsible for censoring games such as The Last of Us, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5.
The Callisto Protocol, a spiritual successor to the Dead Space series, is set to release on December 2, 2022. The game is releasing at an interesting time too – after several years without a Dead Space game, its spiritual successor is releasing just a month before EA launches its Dead Space remake in January.
1) The Callisto Protocol's release is canceled in Japan.
Local ratings agency CERO did not like the level of violence in the game, and the developer refuses to comply with their demands.
Many people don't know a LOT of games are censored in Japan. https://t.co/SQaxkEu2Ar
— Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) October 27, 2022
And in good news for any non-Japanese fans, the game is looking promising. In his preview for NME, Jake Tucker described the game as “a grindhouse gorefest that feels distinct from Dead Space and plays totally different,” despite wearing its influences on its sleeve.
However, the preview noted “it feels like a slightly remixed greatest hits collection and I would want to see some more original ideas that show that Callisto can mutate into something a little more interesting.”
In other gaming news, Rocksteady co-founders Sefton Hill and Jamie Walker are leaving the studio at the end of this year.