The Callisto Protocol Banned In Japan Over Violence, Devs Refuse To Censor The Game
The Callisto Protocol has been banned in Japan due to concerns regarding violence, as developer Striking Distance Studios refuses to censor the game.
The rating board in Japan, CERO, has banned The Callisto Protocol from release in the country over excessive violence. The developers are unwilling to compromise the experience that players are expecting, and, as a result, the game will not see the light of day in Japan.
In light of these developments, the studio is offering refunds to those who have already pre-ordered The Callisto Protocol.
The CERO ratings board has a strict policy when it comes to realistic depiction of gore and violence, such as human dismemberment. This is the likely reason behind the game’s cancelled release in Japan. Capcom has had to tone down the amount of violence in its Resident Evil titles in Japan compared to the western releases in order to get approved by the rating board. Additionally, the Resident Evil games are distributed in two versions in Japan, with the regular edition containing toned down depiction of blood and gore and a special “Z version” that features a higher degree of violence.
Previously, it was revealed that the Dead Space remake is less violent than The Callisto Protocol based on the respective rating received by both games from the Australian Classification Board. According to the rating assigned by the Australian Classification Board, Dead Space is rated “MA 15+”, while The Callisto Protocol is rated “R 18+”, making it the more violent of the two.
The Callisto Protocol is a third-person narrative-driven survival horror game that takes place 300 years in the future and lets players take control of Jacob Lee, a prisoner who has been sent to the maximum-security Black Iron Prison on Jupiter’s moon Callisto. The player must fight their way to safety in order to escape Black Iron Prison as inmates start to mutate into monstrous creatures, all the while learning the sinister and unsettling secrets of Callisto.