I've been posting and following Focus Home Interactive and Deck13's The Surge for a while now. The first E3 impressions, if I remember rightly, showed a world and combat inspired by mechanics of Dark Souls. With the release of Zero Dawn on PS4 I see some similarities in the setting now but the recent CGI trailer offers a few hints on the upcoming title aimed for launch on May 16th.
In the spirit of live action/CGI trailers, Deck 13 released a trailer called "Bad day at the Office" for the upcoming RPG The Surge. The trailer shows us a little backstory of the company and the main character gaining his exosuit, as well as a few flashy scenes of the main character battling some robotic baddies.
Developer Deck13 revealed their new title, The Surge, an action RPG coming to Xbox One, PC and Playstation 4. Its likely that The Surge will utilize the new Microsoft 'buy once and play anywhere' on either Xbox One or PC. The Surge looks to be a sci-fi twist on Dark Souls games with both games sharing similar controls, viewpoints and UI. It is reminiscent of Lords of the Fallen but The Surge has looked to create a more futuristic dystopian setting where weapons are not high tech weapons but machinery items. The main character and most human enemies are wearing some form of exo-suit with attachments that turn a simple heavy lifting exo-suit into one man killing machine.
There are a few gameplay videos out there that show off and interesting combat mechanic when the player locks on to an opponent and can target individual limbs or parts of a body. The Surge rewards players depending on their level of skill. If a player works towards executing an opponent in a certain way, they have a higher chance of loot. An example would be decapitating an enemy to increase the chances obtaining their helmet. However, The Surge is still showing alpha gameplay so we are not expected to see the souls' esque game until next year. Definitely one to watch for Dark Souls fans.
2016 has not really started for the big game releases and yet 2017 looks to have some very intriguing titles indeed. The Surge is a action-RPG hybrid that is set in a dystopian earth nearing the end of its life. This grim vision of the future looks to be not the most original setting but rather a nice take on a setting already explored.
The screenshot released from developer Deck 13, along side some very nice rendered artwork should have some heads turning and putting the game on peoples radars. With not actual footage of the gameplay yet we can simply hope that the end product is worth the wait.