It may not be the first game to have paid animations, but The Callisto Protocol's Season Pass having them is one of the stranger examples of a strange selection of extra content that blurs the line between extras and standard, expected content.
As is standard, Striking Distance's Season Pass will feature a new area, story DLC, and modes, but it also features a range of exclusive player skins and death animations for player and enemies alike. The modes included are a wave-based survival and a hardcore variation of the game's difficulty called 'Contagion' that adds permadeath.
The Callisto Protocol Season Pass
While there's not much wrong with giving players more, it feels a tad off that death animations, a thing touted as being a key selling point of The Callisto Protocol, are being put into Season Pass bundles, let alone skins. For a multiplayer game it'd be a bit more understandable, but for a single-player horror game, a bit less so.
Still, it's thankfully just butter on the bread of the Season Pass, and I can see how putting a bit more time into extra modes will benefit both players and the developer.
- Outer Way Skin Collection: Bear the armor of the Outer Way, an underground insurgency pitted against the UJC, as you fight to survive the horrors of Callisto.
- Contagion Bundle: Discover the ultimate survival horror experience with a new mode, Contagion. With reduced ammo and health drops, a customized difficulty and permadeath – there are no second chances to escape Black Iron Prison or the horrors lurking beneath the surface of Callisto. The Contagion Bundle also includes thirteen new Jacob death animations and the Watchtower Skin Collection.
- Riot Bundle: Venture into a previously undiscovered area of Black Iron Prison and battle through waves of brutal enemies. Gather credits to upgrade your weapons, or forge new ones, and survive the onslaught as long as you can in Riot, an all-new mode. The Riot Bundle also includes twelve new enemy death animations and the Engineer Skin Collection.
- Story DLC: Dig deeper into the horrifying secrets of The Callisto Protocol.
is out on December 2.
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Six months of content coming to The Callisto Protocol beginning Feb 7, 2023, with a free update of Hardcore Mode and New Game+. More details for this and the Season Pass coming soon. pic.twitter.com/43mLjK93IP— The Callisto Protocol (@CallistoTheGame) December 1, 2022