Rewinding back to 2019, Krafton shared the firm would be opening a new studio – even more is the team would be helmed by Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield. With his previous work on titles like Dead Space overlooking the iconic trilogy, it was no surprise a successor would be the first project from the new Striking Distance Studios with The Callisto Protocol.
In our review for the game, we scored the game an 8.5/10. “The Callisto Protocol is a stunning and terrifying sci-fi experience worth getting scared over. […] It has everything the genre needs, an intriguing plot, mysterious factions, and the desolation sci-fi horror provides due to its setting. Inspirations from films such as Aliens are just as prominent as this game’s heavy Dead Space design elements.”
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Schofield has already departed from the developer. In a statement confirmed by a spokesperson for Krafton, CEO Schofield “decided to pursue new opportunities.” Additionally, Schofield told his departure feels “bittersweet” on the whole matter. Steve Papoutsis, COO of Striking Distance Studios, is to take the mantle left by Schofield.
Previously, Schofield did press that he is interested into developing a follow-up for The Callisto Protocol. But despite the underwhelming response by consumers and now with his departure at the developer, it is truly unsure the direction that the game studios is heading with the IP and if it is to work on something new at the moment.
Even more, the game has now been added to PlayStation Plus for this month. Similarly, the same fate was met for Volition’s Saints Row with the team announcing its closing its doors after operating for over three decades. You can read the full report by heading here.
What is your thoughts on Schofield leaving Striking Distance Studios?