We’ve covered a few occasions where the decidedly plotless battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was trying to build up some lore and backstory for itself, but this news is definitely a… unique turn.
The Callisto Protocol, a sci-fi horror game from the newly formed Striking Distance Studios helmed by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield that first was unveiled at this year’s Game Awards, is apparently a “narrative experience” set within the world of PUBG. Somehow. This comes as a surprise less because of Callisto Protocol’s thematics but because of its setting: The horror game is reportedly set on one of Jupiter’s moons in the year 2320, while PUBG is based around a multi-billionaire’s organized mercenary battles in his razed fictional homeland and, presumably, in modern times.
The two dots don’t immediately connect on paper, but a spokesperson from Striking Distance has confirmed that Callisto Protocol is indeed the new experience in the PUBG universe that the studio was taken on to do. Time will tell exactly how these two games’ wildly divergent locations link up, but in a battle royale world where Mandalorians and Galactus can arrive, anything is possible. With the right amount of handwavium.