Gamescom 2022: Prime Matter Shows off Their Upcoming Titles
From gritty shooters, to branching stories and a detective story set in an JRPG: Prime Matter showed of quite a range of genres at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne and we got to take a look at all of these following games, talk to the developers, and get an idea of what to expect from this publisher. Starting off with the return of a PlayStation 2 classic and anime anti-hero, gunslinger Grave is back with a vengeance.
Just over two decades after the last game release, Gungrave makes a very return in Gungrave G.O.R.E., a third-person-shooter published by Prime Matter and Plaion (formerly known as Koch Media). The game, which got its own anime in the early 2000’s follows the story of Grave, the gunwielding killing machine who uses a coffin both as a holster for his weapon as well as his melee weapon.
The gameplay demo at Gamescom made sure to show off why the developers put “G.O.R.E.” into the title. Grave paves himself a way through wave after wave of enemies with an endless supply of bullets while charging up special moves that can take out even boss enemies in a couple of hits. To top that off, enemies can be grabbed and used as shields for incoming damage, grenades can be sent back to whoever was foolish enough to shoot them and finisher moves take out stunned enemies with fountains of blood and body parts. Grave also has several bullet hell modes that let him unleash a whirlwind of shots all around him, making sure that nothing can surround him for long. Throughout the game, his arsenal of skills can be upgraded, making him an ever harder to kill. But the Gamescom trailer already hinted that he won’t be the only hard nut to crack.
During Gamescom, the release date for the game was announced for November 22, 2022. The game will come out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, as well as on PC.
The Last Oricru
While your path and weapon of choice in Gungrave G.O.R.E. are predetermined, the same cannot be said about The Last Oricru. This game mixes sci-fi elements with fantasy and sees the player crash land on planet that is in the midst of a civil war between two races. The player will have to decide which faction they should follow and support. A branching story awaits you and even a friend in online and couch coop play. While the story only progresses for the host of the game session, it is a very easy and fast way of exploring how different decisions in the game impact the story. Invited players can level up their character to the same level as the host and players can even combine their skills and attacks to deal devastating damage to their opponents.
During the demo session at the Gamescom a magic user could bounce of their spell on the shield of the other player and easily take down even the biggest foes. A hint of Captain America and Iron-Man set in a fantasy world filled with ratfolk. The Last Oricru is fun to play – both alone and with a friend or family. And the branching story allows for an interesting perspective that can be viewed from several angles with multiple playthroughs. The developers hinted that there will be some secrets and twists in the story that haven’t been shown yet.
The Last Oricru will release in only a few weeks on October 13, 2022, on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game will not feature cross-play between platforms and instead focus on the couch mode.
From fantastic and strange worlds to the city of Mato, the namesake of a game that wears its inspirations on its sleeve. Mato Anomalies mixes elements from the Persona games with the story of detective Doe who investigates the strange incursion of supernatural beings in this futuristic version of Old Shanghai. Throughout the game, the player will switch between the real world where they solve puzzles and other mysteries while controlling Doe, and a strange digital world where they control a whole new set of characters and fight in turn-based battles. This ensembles of characters can be equipped with gear, new weapons and other upgrades, which will increase their overall stats and prowess while the main character, Doe, takes on the role of the investigator.
There is still some work to be done on the game which is currently set to release next year. What there was to play at GamesCom already looked promising, though and the juxtaposition between the two worlds was more intriguing than confusing. Mato Anomalies will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Of course, those weren’t the only games that Prime Matter showed off during Gamescom. But all the games that we had time to check out while being there. Head over to Prime Matter’s YouTube channel to check out all their other announcements and even their full streams directly from the convention.