Prime Matter is a new publishing label under Koch Media, and it’s already got some exciting projects lined up. Payday 3 is likely the biggest headline-grabber of the bunch, after Koch signed a deal with Starbreeze to co-publish the co-op shooter earlier this year, but Prime Matter is also bringing Painkiller 3 and numerous other titles.
Old-school shooter fans may be most interested in the new Painkiller. Unfortunately, no concrete details of that project are currently available — not even a developer. That series launched back in 2004 and set the benchmark for Outriders studio People Can Fly’s no-frills gunplay. The second game, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, came in 2012, helmed by The Farm 51, which is currently wrapping development on the horror-themed survival game Chernobylite.
Dolmen is another intriguing prospect from Prime Matter. It’s a third-person sci-fi ARPG with Lovecraftian overtones, which had a successful, though modest, Kickstarter campaign a few years ago. That one is slated to launch next year across PC and current PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
There’s something of a focus on dark games across Prime Matter’s slate, perhaps aside from Payday 3. Scars Above is a sci-fi adventure where you’ll strive to survive on a hostile world. The Chant is an action horror game where you’ll explore a cult. Codename Final Form casts you as a sentient spaceship trying to stop a plague in a slick FPS.
Echoes of the End and The Last Oricru stand out for their medieval aesthetics (the former infused with fantasy and the latter sci-fi), though precious few details are available for either.
Rounding out the collection of new titles is CrossFire: Legion, an RTS spin-off of the world’s most widely played game; Gungrave G.O.R.E, a fast-paced third-person shooter; and Encased, an isometric RPG that’s been in early access for almost two years. Several of these games will be showcased via Summer Games Fest over the next few days.