by Joseph Leray
Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz says he has “no doubt” that “Metro: Last Light” and the next “Saint’s Row” game will both launch this year. Koch Media’s videogame publishing branch, Deep Silver, bought the rights to both games when they were auctioned off as THQ floundered in bankruptcy.
Both games had 2013 release dates when they were being published by THQ, and Deep Silver plans to stick to that timeline.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Kundratitz also explained that Deep Silver was a natural fit for these properties. “We started with quite substantial bid amounts,” he says. “It wasn’t about a free ride. I was a real desire to get those two assets. Were there other things of interest? Yes, but in the end we got exactly what we wanted.”
The “Metro” series is based on a novel of the same name by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky and will likely have a large European audience, and Deep Silver is one of the region’s most important videogame distributors, working with the likes of Capcom, NCSoft, Grasshopper Manufacture, and Square Enix.
The “Saint’s Row” series, on the other hand, is famous for its raunch, and Kundratitz believes that Deep Silver’s independence will let the team at Volition Games push the envelope at ways that wouldn’t have been possible if the series had been sold to a more traditional company.
“It’s important that you understand who you are and what you’re capable of doing,” Kundratitz added. “Other publishers are very ambitious, but they aspire to grow their businesses in ways that aren’t healthy.”
“"I appreciate that we now get more of the spotlight with these new IPs, but, having said that, we are not ambitious to be the next THQ,” he says.
“Metro: Last Light” is on track for a March release while “Dead Island: Riptide,” the sequel to the zombie RPG that helped raise Deep Silver’s profile in American, will follow it up in April of this year.