How to return to the watchtower in The Callisto Protocol

The Callisto Protocol is a spiritual successor to the Dead Space series, and one of the ways it stays true to Dead Space principles is in its very minimal HUD. Remember the health gauge built into the on-screen character’s suit in Dead Space? Innovative ideas like these made you less aware that you were playing a game and more immersed in the nightmarish experience unfolding around you.

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Well, The Callisto Protocol remains stubbornly true to the same principles, which makes it very atmospheric, but also means it can be easy to miss things that aren’t emphasized in an artificial, playful way. There is no map or quest markers showing the way forward, and even when the game does show markers on interactive objects, they are very small, plain, and easy to miss. And that’s why you might get stuck trying to find your way back to the Watchtower during the Outbreak mission.

How to return to the watchtower during the outbreak

When you reach the security station, loot the stun baton from a dead guard, then have a quick chat with Elias, who will tell you to return to the watchtower. There is a locked door in this room (marked Access Hall P261) and unlike other unlockable doors you’ve encountered so far, this one doesn’t have a control panel right next to it.

So you might think that going back to the watchtower means taking your steps back all the way through the infirmary and the solitary confinement wing, and then taking the elevator back upstairs. But don’t, if you try this you’ll find that you can’t jump over the rubble near the elevator, although you jumped over it very easily on the way in.

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To get back to the watchtower, you actually have to take a shortcut, and that means unlocking that door in the security station. The lock panel is located in the center of the security panel in the security station. There’s a mark telling you that you can interact with it, but it’s a small white mark on a very bright panel.

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When you unlock the door, an infected will rush in, so kill that. Next, go through the door, turn left, then right, then duck under the gate. Go left and left again, then through a door, then right and through another door. The watchtower is now directly in front of you, so just follow the walkway to the right to get there. How to return to the watchtower in The Callisto Protocol

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