When Koch Media announced that it would celebrate the live broadcast of Summer Game Fest next week, all sorts of possibilities presented themselves. Maybe something on Dead Island 2, which we’ve been waiting for years with nothing to catch our eye, but repeated guarantees that it’s still happening? Or maybe a look at the nearby Saints Row? Timesplitters? A longer plan, sure, but considering the very recent moment of the announcement, not entirely out of the realm of possibility.
Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. In a tweet posted today earlier, Deep Silver set expectations way down.
Our parent company @KochMedia_HQ will make an announcement as part of #SummerGamesFest on June 11th. To do so, you won’t see Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro or TimeSplitters (or any other E3 2021 event). We'll let you know when we have news to share.June 4, 2021
"Our parent company @KochMedia_HQ makes an announcement as part of #SummerGamesFest on June 11, "he wrote." To take a look, you won't see Dead Island, Saints Row, Metro or TimeSplitters (or any other E3 2021 event). We'll let you know when we have news to share. "
(Metro was my weak personal hope for the show, so consider me personally disappointed).
That still leaves Payday 3, which Koch publishes, but maybe there isn’t too much to see yet: the last time we checked it out, it wasn’t scheduled to come out until 2023. New games owned by Koch Developer Flying Wild Hog, Shadow Warrior 3 and Evil West are also possibilities, and as a complete shot in the dark, we may hear something new from the developer of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhorse Studios.
Koch still has a lot of arrows at his height, not necessarily the ones we most expected to have shot at us. Still, it’s probably a smart decision to do it now: it’s much better to keep expectations low and leave some surprises than to come in with a hype and nothing to deliver.