German outfit Koch Media has announced the latest addition to its roster of publishers – Prime Matter, joining Deep Silver, Milestone, Ravenscourt and Vertigo in the Koch Media household. So with four publishing labels already, why a fifth?
The company says that Prime Matter’s existence came about due to “ever-growing demands and opportunities across an even more diverse audience.”
Koch Media’s CEO Klemens Kundratitz says that “Prime Matter is a new home for premium games, offering both current and future partners all the expertise of the Koch Media Group alongside a new and dynamic team dedicated to maximising their true potential.”
We got to check out the label announcement presentation along with short dives into 12 games that will be gracing the label, some new and some existing. Let’s take a look below.
The first game announced that will be published by Prime Matter was the hotly anticipated PvE bank-robbing game Payday 3 coming from developer Starbreeze Studios. While we got next to nothing in the way of information about the game, other than the game will be coming to PC and consoles (hopefully) in 2023, we did get a cheeky piece of art, which you can see below.
The gang’s back
Blackbird Interactive is putting an RTS spin on the Crossfire franchise with its game Crossfire: Legion. Featuring customisable armies and fast-paced action, Crossfire: Legion is one RTS fans should keep an eye on in 2022 when it hits PC.
King’s Bounty II
King’s Bounty is one of the most influential video games in history, with the series inspiring a ton of franchises such as Heroes of Might and Magic. Finally, on August 24, 2021, 1C Entertainment is bringing the long-awaited sequel to the 1990 classic to PC, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. For those who have never heard of King’s Bounty, it’s a turn-based tactical strategy game set in a fantasy world where players set forth on a role-playing adventure against the evil hordes overrunning the lands.
The Last Oricru
The Last Oricru from Czech Republic-based studio GoldKnights is a third-person action RPG that takes place in a unique middle age setting where your choices matter. Can be played either solo or in co-op. Lands on PC and consoles in 2022. New IP.
Encased is a new IP from Russian developers Dark Crystal Games and is inspired by the humour and charm of classic RPGs. Set in an apocalyptic world with deep and tactical RPG systems, players will have freedom of choice to craft the adventure of their choosing. Coming to PC in September 2021.
After several delays and a long silence, Gungrave G.O.R.E. returns with a slick trailer that shows off the badarse Grave in all his stylish action glory. Developed by South Korean studio IGGYMOB, Gungrave G.O.R.E. will hit PC and consoles in 2022.
The Chant (working title)
Developed by Canadian Studio Brass Token, The Chant is a third-person psychological thriller that focuses on the dark sides of spirituality, cultism, as well as terrifying revelations about the universe. Coming to PC and consoles in 2022. Also a new IP.
Final Form (working title)
A futuristic FPS from Polish studio Reikon Games that sees players taking on the role of a cybernetic Valkyrie trying to save humanity from extinction. While no release details were provided, it is coming to PC and consoles. Did we mention it’s a new IP?
At first glance, you could be forgiven if you thought you were looking at a remake of sorts for Dead Space given the similarities. However, DOLMEN, from Brazilan team Massive Work Studio, is a new third-person action RPG that blends Lovecraftian cosmic horror with futuristic sci-fi elements. Coming to PC and consoles in 2022.
Echoes of the End (working title)
Another new IP, this time from Iceland’s Mykur Games, Echoes of the End is a third-person action-adventure game set in a unique fantasy world. The game follows Ryn, who is searching for her true purpose and will feature puzzles, fighting and deep characters. Announced for PC and consoles, but given it’s still early in development no release date information was provided.
Scars Above is a brand new single-player title from Serbian studio Mad Head Games that will see the game’s lone protagonist explore and battle their way through a sci-fi world full of terrifying monsters and captivating beauty. Coming to PC and consoles in 2022.
New Painkiller game
This was announced. More info coming soon.
But wait there’s more (not a game title)
Koch Media also revealed that several of its legacy games from studios that already work with Koch Media will be published on the new label. These will include Warhorse Studio’s new game as well as Kingdom Come: Deliverance hitting the Nintendo Switch (in collaboration with Saber Interactive), Nine Dots Studio’s (Canada) Outward coming for Gen 9, as well as Taleworlds’ Mount and Blade II: Bannerlords also coming to consoles.
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