Koch Media, a game publisher that runs the game publisher Deep Silver and is owned by the game publisher Embracer Group, has right now introduced Prime Matter, a game publisher.
But wait — this one is completely different! Prime Matter is a “new premium gaming label” that’s “dedicated to delivering immersive games from studios all across the world.” In a press presentation previous to right now’s Summer Game Fest reveal, Koch confirmed off the kind of video games it was aiming to convey to the new label. Among them had been some notable names from gaming’s previous and a lot of all-new tasks.
First, probably the most simply identifiable: Payday 3, the sequel to the 2013 co-op heist FPS, is going to be a Prime Matter game. Developer Starbreeze had already confirmed this for a 2023 launch with Koch Media so there’s no enormous shock it’s been picked for a transfer to the company’s “premium” model.
Another blast from the even deeper previous is the return of the Painkiller franchise. Painkiller was People Can Fly’s first game, a beloved if very mid-‘00s-edgy FPS in the vein of Doom and Serious Sam. It’s unclear who’s creating the new game — the one info we’ve is that it’s being co-published with Saber, which is, you guessed it, one other Embracer subsidiary. We additionally don’t know whether or not it’s a reboot, a sequel, or principally something proper now. Koch says extra info might be coming “soon.”
Another notable project is Crossfire: Legion from Canadian developer Blackbird Interactive, which made the very good Hardspace: Shipbreaker and is at present engaged on Homeworld 3 for one more Embracer-owned publisher, Gearbox Software. (This is all a little incestuous, I do know.) Legion is a Starcraft-style RTS based mostly on the CrossFire tactical first-person shooter franchise, which is obscenely standard in Asia. With Blackbird’s very robust background in RTS video games (the studio was born from former Relic Entertainment members) this might lowkey be a enormous game for this new publishing label.
Next is Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Koch sub-label Deep Silver acquired the builders of this 2018 RPG, and now Prime Matter is bringing it to Nintendo Switch. Oh, additionally King’s Bounty II, which is due in August, is a Prime Matter game somewhat than a Deep Silver game now. Koch says “a number of legacy games” that it deliberate to publish from builders like Nine Dots Studios and Taleworlds will now be pushed by way of Prime Matter.
As talked about, there are bunch of new IPs on the best way, from largely younger studios across the globe, which is truthfully cool to see. Here’s fast rundown:
The Chant (working title)
The Chant is a third-person psychological horror game from Canadian studio Brass Token, set on “the tormented grounds of a new age cult.” It’s being directed by business veteran and Brass Token inventive director Mike Skupa, who was design director on Sleeping Dogs and Bully. There was a nice interview with Skupa over at Eurogamer a couple of years in the past, which incorporates some information on the game. It’s scheduled for a 2022 launch on Playstation and Xbox (prior- and new-gen) consoles and PC.
Final Form (working title)
Final Form is from Polish developer Reikon Games and is described as an “adrenaline fuelled futuristic FPS with the player taking on the role of a cybernetic Valkyrie saving humanity from extinction.” Reikon beforehand partnered with Devolver on Ruiner, a hyper-violent cyberpunk shoot-em-up. There’s no launch window, but it surely’s coming to PC and consoles in some unspecified time in the future with three-player co-op. There’ll be a deeper dive into this game at Prime Matter’s occasion tomorrow.
Dolmen is being developed by Massive Work Studio out of Brazil. The elevator pitch is that it is a third-person motion RPG that “combines futuristic sci-fi and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.” It’s penciled for a 2022 launch on last- and new-gen Playstation and Xbox consoles and PC.
Echoes Of The End (working title)
This was in all probability the standout of the new IPs proven on the pre-E3 occasion. Developed by Icelandic studio Myrkur Games and constructed on Unreal Engine 5 for next-gen consoles and PC, it’s billed as “a story-driven single player” game set “in a unique fantasy world.” It appears to be a high-production-value action-adventure game, and the complete trailer will drop June eleventh throughout Prime Matter’s occasion.
This one is a traditional RPG that’s at present in Early Access in Steam. Produced by Russian developer Dark Crystal Games, when it sees a full launch in September it’ll be a Prime Matter game.
The Last Oricru
Google Docs stored on insisting I ought to right this title to “The Last Orifice,” however both manner this was giving off some very Dark Souls vibes. The distinctive twist this time is that it takes the traditional “middle ages” setting and combines it with sci-fi parts. It’s being developed by the Czech staff GoldKnights, and is scheduled for launch on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series consoles in 2022.
Billed as a “dark sci-fi action adventure,” Scars Above comes from Serbian developer Mad Head Games, which is owned by Prime Matter’s sister company Saber. It’ll see “a lone protagonist having to survive on a hostile nightmare world.” Think “vaguely Dead Spacey” in case your cultural references are as caught in 2010 as mine. It’s being developed for a launch on “PC and console platforms” in 2022.
As talked about, Prime Matter has its personal occasion tomorrow the place you’ll have the ability to see some of these video games for yourselves in additional element. Koch Media now has 5 publishing strands, as a result of of course it does, however the fundamental gist appears to be that Prime Matter is on the high, and all main releases transferring ahead might be by way of the new model. It’s unclear how Prime Matter will slot in with the broader Embracer group — Koch is only one of eight subsidiaries. Embracer has been aggressively increasing over the previous couple of years, with acquisitions of main builders like Gearbox (Borderlands) and 4A (Metro).
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