Koch Media, a game publisher who runs game publisher Deep Silver and owned by game publisher Embracer Group, today announced Game Publisher Prime Matter.
But wait, this one is different! Prime Matter is a “new premium gaming label” that is “dedicated to delivering immersive games from studios around the world”. In a press presentation ahead of today’s Summer Game Fest reveal, Koch showed off the type of games he aims to bring to the new label. Among them were notable names from the game’s past and many new projects.
First of all, the most easily 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 it’s no big surprise that he was chosen to upgrade to the company’s “premium” brand.
Another blast from the even deeper past is the return of the Painkiller franchise. Pain killer was the first game of People Can Fly, a beloved though very mid-2000s FPS in the vein of Doom and Serious Sam. It’s unclear who is developing the new game – the only information we have is that it’s co-published with Saber, which is, you guessed it, another Embracer affiliate. We also don’t know if this is a reboot, a sequel, or anything at this time. Koch says more information will come “soon”.
Another notable project is Crossfire: Legion from Canadian developer Blackbird Interactive, who did the superb Hard space: Shipbreaking and is currently working on Homeworld 3 for another publisher owned by Embracer, Gearbox Software. (This is all a bit incestuous, I know.) Legion is a Starcraft-style RTS based on the CrossFire tactical first-person shooter franchise, which is obscenely popular in Asia. With Blackbird’s very strong background in RTS games (the studio was born out of former members of Relic Entertainment), this could be a huge game for this new publishing label.
Then is Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The Koch Deep Silver sub-label acquired the developers of this 2018 RPG, and now Prime Matter is bringing it to Nintendo Switch. Also ah King II bonus, due out in August, is now a Prime Matter game rather than a Deep Silver game. Koch said that “a number of legacy games” that he plans to release from developers like Nine Dots Studios and Taleworlds will now be delivered via Prime Matter.
As mentioned, there are a lot of new IPs on the way, mostly from young studios around the world, which is really cool to see. Here’s a quick rundown:
Le Chant (working title)
singing is a third-person psychological horror game from Canadian studio Brass Token, set in “the tormented lands of a new age cult”. It is made by industry veteran and Creative Director of Brass Token, Mike Skupa, who was the design director on Sleeping dogs and Bully. There was a great interview with Skupa at Eurogamer a few years ago, which includes some information about the game. It is scheduled for release in 2022 on Playstation and Xbox consoles (old and new generation) and on PC.
Final form (working title)
Final form is from Polish developer Reikon Games and is described as an “adrenaline-fueled futuristic FPS with the player playing the role of a cybernetic Valkyrie saving humanity from extinction.” Reikon has already partnered with Devolver on Ruin, a hyper-violent cyberpunk shoot-em-up. There is no exit window, but it will happen on PC and consoles at some point with three-player co-op. There will be a deeper dive into this game during the Prime Matter event tomorrow.
Dolmen is developed by Massive Work Studio in Brazil. The elevator pitch is that this is a third-person action RPG that “combines futuristic sci-fi and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.” It is scheduled for release in 2022 on the latest and new generation Playstation and Xbox consoles and PCs.
Echoes Of The End (working title)
It was likely the star of the new IPs featured at the pre-E3 event. Developed by Icelandic studio Myrkur Games and built on Unreal Engine 5 for next-gen consoles and PCs, it is billed as a “story-based single player” game set “in a single fantasy world”. It appears to be a high production value action-adventure game, and the full trailer will be released on June 11 during the Prime Matter event.
This one is a classic RPG currently in Early Access on Steam. Produced by Russian developer Dark Crystal Games, when it sees full release in September, it will be a Prime Matter game.
The last Oricru
Google Docs kept insisting that I correct this title as “The Last Orifice”, but it gave off some very dark vibes anyway. The unique twist this time is that it takes the classic “middle ages” frame and combines it with elements of science fiction. It is being developed by Czech team GoldKnights and is slated for release 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. He will see “a lone protagonist having to survive in a hostile nightmarish world”. Think “vaguely Dead Spacey” if your cultural references are as stuck in 2010 as mine. It is under development for release on “PC and console platforms” in 2022.
As mentioned, Prime Matter has its own event tomorrow where you can see some of these games for yourself in more detail. Koch Media now has five release streams, because of course, but the bottom line seems to be that Prime Matter is at the top, and all upcoming major releases will be via the new brand. It’s unclear how Prime Matter will fit into the larger Embracer group – Koch is just one of eight subsidiaries. Embracer has grown aggressively over the past two years, acquiring major developers like Gearbox (Borderlands) and 4A (Metro).
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