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E3 2021: Koch Media Unveils New Name For Publishing Games: Prime Matter

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Koch Media has unveiled ten new games coming to consoles and PC under a brand new publishing label: Prime Matter.

Prime Matter is "Koch Media's new label and home for a diverse range of premium games from a truly global pool of developers," according to the official announcement, that plans on "enthralling gamers with its larger-than-life story-telling, creating moments and expanding their horizons." The label will sit parallel to other labels under the Koch Media umbrella like Deep Silver, Milestone, and Ravenscourt.

Along with the announcement of the new label Koch Media also detailed a number of games that will be published under the new Prime Matter name, some of which were announced for the first time. Also announced for the new label were new ports of existing games, including Kingdom Come: Deliverance from Warhorse Studios coming to Nintendo Switch, and games already under the Koch Media label like the upcoming King's Bounty 2--which will be the first release under the Prime Matter banner--and Mount and Blade II: Bannerlords

Here's a full rundown of the ten new titles announced as Prime Matter's first slate of games. 

Payday 3 (Starbreeze Studios)

The next installment of the popular heist series, Payday 3 will be set in a "Hollywood-like environment" that will serve as a playground for the gang to pull massive heists. Prime Matter calls the game a "fully-fledged online heist experience" continuing the story from the previous game. Payday 3 is scheduled to launch in 2023. 

Crossfire: Legion (Blackbird Interactive)

A partnership between Prime Matter and Crossfire developer Smilegate, this is a brand new real-time strategy game set in the massively popular Crossfire universe, to be developed by Canadian studio Blackbird Interactive, which includes veterans of RTS development who previously worked on Homeworld, Company of Heroes, and Warhammer: Dawn of War. Crossfire: Legion is scheduled for release in 2022.

Scars Above (Mad Head Games)

Scars Above is a third-person shooter from Serbian developer Mad Head Games centering around Kate Ward, a scientist who finds herself stranded on a hostile alien planet. Through deep exploration and loot-based combat she must fight to survive as she tries to figure out how to get off this planet and get back home. We'll be able to accompany Kate on her endeavor when Scars Above drops in 2022. 

Codename Final Form (working title, Reikon Games)

Codename Final Form is made for the adrenaline junkies, a fast-paced first-person shooter akin to Doom's latest iterations. Players will blast through hordes of hostile races in a fight to become the legendary "final form," saving humanity as it sits in its final throes. The game will offer single-player and up to three-player online co-op, letting you and two friends blast through its world together. Codename Final Form's launch window is still to be determined.

Gungrave G.O.R.E. (IGGYMOB)

The latest game set in the Gungrave anime universe, G.O.R.E is a third-person action shooter by Korean developer IGGYMOB, a game Prime Matter is calling a "gory ballet of bullets." Based on the first trailer we were shown, we do not suspect that assessment is very far off. Gungrave G.O.R.E is slated for a 2022 launch.

Dolmen (Massive Work Studio)

Brazil's Massive Work Studio first-ever title, Dolmen drops you into a dark and dangerous sci-fi horror setting as you search for key resources called "dolmen crystals." Along the way you'll fight hideous monsters of all sizes, using a repertoire of melee and ranged weapons looted throughout the adventure. This is a dark and scary take on the action RPG, but one that looks like it has some promise. Dolmen is on track for a 2022 release. 

The Last Oricru (GoldKnights)

Czech developer GoldKnights introduces The Last Oricru, a third-person action RPG that mixes medieval fantasy with sci-fi in an unique and interesting way. Players are thrown into a war for supremacy on a foreign planet, but will fight using swords, shields, and magic. The game offers single-player and couch co-op gameplay, but no online co-op is planned at this time. The Last Oricru is scheduled for a 2022 launch.

Echoes of the End (Myrkur Games)

Echoes of the End is an action RPG following the journey of a trained assassin, who successfully kills a target before throwing herself into the sea to escape. She finds herself on a deserted and mysterious island, a single companion joining her as she tries to escape. The game is called a "fresh take on the adventure genre" mixing puzzles and exploration with deep combat. Echoes of the End's launch target is currently to be determined.


Encased (Dark Crystal Games)

Encased is a sci-fi blast from the past, throwing players back to the year 1976. A mysterious dome-like structure has appeared underground, and a company called CRONUS is trying to hoard its secrets for itself. Using one of five potential classic, this isometric RPG channels Diablo and Fallout to make what looks like an interesting game. We'll know more when Encased drops in September 2021.

The Chant (Brass Token)

Canadian studio Brass Token is looking to scare the heck out of horror fans with "cosmic horror" title The Chant. The game is set in a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, following a girl experiencing past trauma who is convinced to go to a "spiritual retreat" on the island by a friend. As you can probably guess things go backwards, and players must fight their way through the horrors to survive. The Chant is planned for a Q2 2022 release.

New Painkiller Game

The Painkiller franchise is getting a new game...and that's literally all that was communicated. "Stay tuned for more information," according to Prime Matter.


Jason Fanelli

Jason Fanelli is a tried-and-true Philadelphian, having lived in Delaware County for his entire life. He’s a veteran of the games industry, covering it for over a decade with bylines on The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, IGN, and more. He currently hosts the Cheesesteaks and Controllers podcast on iHeartRadio for Fox Sports Radio in Philadelphia.