The Callisto Protocol

Glen Schofield Leaves Striking Distance Studios

In a surprising announcement, Glen Schofield, the co-creator of the iconic game Dead Space and the director of The Callisto Protocol, has revealed that he is leaving Striking Distance Studios. The news was confirmed by Bloomberg and independently verified by IGN. According to reports, Schofield made the decision to pursue new opportunities, voluntarily departing from the Krafton-owned studio.

Schofield, who played a vital role in the creation of Dead Space, expressed mixed emotions about leaving Striking Distance Studios. “Creating Striking Distance Studios has been an incredible journey, and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved with The Callisto Protocol, a game close to my heart,” he said in a statement. “While pursuing a new adventure is exciting, leaving SDS is bittersweet, but I know the studio is in excellent hands.”

Stepping into the role of CEO at Striking Distance Studios is Steve Papoutsis, who previously worked alongside Schofield at Crystal Dynamics and later at Visceral Games, where they collaborated on the development of the first Dead Space game. With Papoutsis taking the lead, there is hope for a seamless transition and continued success for the studio.

This departure comes at a challenging time for Striking Distance Studios, as they recently underwent a round of layoffs that affected over 30 employees. The restructuring was described as a strategic realignment to better position the studio’s current and future projects for success. With both the COO, Stacey Hirata, and CFO, Johnny Hsu, also leaving the company, it will undoubtedly be a period of significant change for Striking Distance Studios.

Striking Distance Studios was established by Glen Schofield over three years ago and operates as a subsidiary of Krafton, the parent company known for the popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). Originally, the studio aimed to develop a narrative-driven game set in the PUBG universe, which later emerged as The Callisto Protocol. Released in December, The Callisto Protocol is a third-person survival horror game that received mixed reviews and faced various challenges, including performance issues and concerns related to studio crunch. Additionally, reports surfaced regarding issues with properly crediting individuals who contributed to the game’s development.

Despite these hurdles, the departure of Glen Schofield presents an opportunity for Striking Distance Studios to reassess their goals and strategies moving forward. With a new CEO at the helm, there is the potential for fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to drive the studio towards success.

As fans of both Dead Space and The Callisto Protocol eagerly await updates on future projects, the gaming community is hopeful that Striking Distance Studios will overcome its current obstacles and continue to deliver exceptional gaming experiences. Only time will tell what lies ahead for the studio and its talented team.