The Callisto Protocol Gets New Hardcore Mode in Free Update & Paid DLC

If you want a more challenging experience from The Callisto Protocol, a new Hardcore mode has been released today with a free DLC, on top of new paid DLC.ūüėĪ

Published: February 7, 2023 4:11 PM /


The Callisto Protocol

Striking Distance Studio released today a free update for the survival horror game The Callisto Protocol including a new mode.

The update, which is free for all players, comes with a "Hardcore Mode" designed to push the player's skills to their limits with limited ammo and health drops, reduced contraband value, and more powerful and dangerous enemies.

The mode was revealed with a trailer, which you can watch here (you'll have to click through because YouTube doesn't like us to embed age-restricted videos).

The trailer also showcases the Outer Way Skin Collection, which has also been made available as a paid DLC and is the first of four scheduled DLCs included in The Callisto Protocol's Season Pass. There's more to come within the Season Pass purchase, including the Contagion Bundle in March and the Riot Bundle later in the spring featuring new modes and content. Things will culminate in Summer 2023 with new story content.

Incidentally, a previous update had already added the New Game+ mode, just in case you're more into making things easier for yourself instead of harder, at least when you've already completed the game once. 

The Callisto Protocol is currently available for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. If you're interested in learning more, you can enjoy our review which will tell you all you need to know about the game. 

If you're unfamiliar with this brand new survival horror experience by Striking Distance Studio, helmed by Dead Space veteran Glen Schofield, Glen Schofield, it's set on Jupiter’s dead moon Callisto in 2320. The player takes on the role of a downed cargo pilot suddenly imprisoned in a maximum security penitentiary called Black Iron Prison. When a mysterious outbreak happens, he has to survive unimaginable horrors to escape the prison and discover the dark secrets of the United Jupiter Company. 

Have a tip, or want to point out something we missed? Leave a Comment or e-mail us at

Giuseppe Nelva Profile Picture
| Former News Editor

Started as News Editor at TechRaptor in January 2023, following over 20 years of professional experience in gaming journalism both on print media and on the… More about Giuseppe

More Info About This Game
Learn more about The Callisto Protocol
Krafton Inc
Release Date
December 2, 2022 (Calendar)
Purchase (Some links may be affiliated)