The Callisto Protocol Season Pass will include a new death animation [UPDATE] -IGN

Update (11/23/22) – Striking Distance Studios CEO Glen A. Schofield took to Twitter to confirm that the team is “not holding anything back from the main game of the season pass.” This means that there will be no death animations locked behind the main story Season Pass.

He confirmed that the new death animations will be brand new and will arrive as part of the Contagion Bundle and Riot Bundle. Schofield also shared that the team hasn’t even started working on it yet and that “the fans have been asking for more deaths, so we’re making it a priority next year.”

The original story follows.

Striking Distance Studios has announced the contents of the Callisto Protocol Season Pass, revealing that several player death animations are hidden behind the add-on purchase.

As reported by VGC, the game’s Steam page has been updated to include the contents of the Season Pass, revealing that 13 anime (which were a prominent feature in the game’s marketing) will not be included in the regular $59.99 edition.

Players will instead need to purchase the Season Pass to experience all of the animations. This has so far only been announced as part of the $79.99 Digital Deluxe Edition (or $249.99 for the collector) but will likely sell separately for around $20.

The Season Pass also includes story DLC that allows players to “Dig deeper into the terrifying secrets of the Callisto Protocol”, the Outer Way Skin Collection and two new modes obtained through the Contagion and Riot Collections.

The Contagion Bundle includes 13 new death animations along with what appears to be the most difficult mode in the game. This infection mode has reduced ammo and health drops, custom difficulty, deathmatch, and other skin set

The Riot Pack includes what looks like Callisto Protocol survival mode. “Collect credits to upgrade your weapons, or craft new ones, and survive the attack as long as you can in Riot,” the Steam page says. The Riot Pack also includes 12 new enemy death animations and a set of engineer skins.

Striking Distance Studios is being directed by Glen Schofield, one of the mentors behind the 2008 horror game Dead Space. In that light, it’s only natural that Callisto Protocol makes grizzled death a big part of its DNA.

From being dipped in industrial machinery to having his head bitten off by hanging monsters and being slashed in half by giant fan blades, the studio has already showcased an array of gory ways that protagonist Jacob Lee can fulfill as he explores the black iron prison colony.

Callisto Protocol is so relentlessly bloody that the Japanese version of the game was scrapped entirely when it failed to pass the country’s ratings body.

Continuing on the theme, the developers have included an achievement on seeing all of the death animations in the game, although this likely won’t include the 13 animations that are locked behind the Season Pass.

Be sure to check out IGN’s full breakdown of what’s in each copy of Callisto Protocol to make sure you get the horror experience you’re looking for.

Article and title updated with Glenn Schofield’s explanatory notes.

Anthony is a freelance contributor covering science and video game news for IGN. He has more than eight years of experience covering breaking developments in multiple scientific fields and there is absolutely no time to fool you. Follow him on Twitter @BeardConGamer

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