Glen Schofield is leaving The Callisto Protocol developer Striking Distance
Striking Distance Studios CEO and Dead Space co-creator Glen Schofield has voluntarily left the developer to "pursue new opportunities" following the commercial failure of The Callisto Protocol.
- Schofield's departure was confirmed by publisher Krafton (via Bloomberg), which stated that he has now decided to "pursue new opportunities." The studio's chief operating officer and chief financial officer are also leaving the company, according to the parent company. Steve Papoutsis, chief development officer and Schofield's long-time coworker will take over the position, with Krafton assuring that the studio's projects will not be affected by the changes.
- Schofield founded Striking Distance in 2019 after leaving Sledgehammer Games and Visceral Games with the goal of creating a narrative-focused game set in the PUBG universe. The project eventually evolved into The Callisto Protocol, a third-person sci-fi horror title similar to Dead Space, another of Schofield's creations.
- The Callisto Protocol was released in December 2022 to mixed reviews, with many praising the game's Dead Space-like atmosphere and gameplay, while others criticized the game's poor optimization, resulting in a highly negative Steam review score on PC. Krafton reportedly set a five million unit sales target for The Callisto Protocol, which was later reduced to two million units after a slow start. The situation also caused the publisher's stock price to fall rapidly for a period following its release.
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