The Surge is a new entry in the hardcore action RPG genre. Let’s see how it’s shaping up.
The Surge comes to us from Deck13, best know as the team behind Lords of the Fallen. The studio’s previous release was a pretty blatant Dark Souls clone, which isn’t a bad thing – all new genres start as clones of something or other, and “hardcore action RPG” doesn’t really roll off the tongue.
Anyway, follow-up The Surge is also a hardcore action RPG, but it doesn’t suffer as many comparisons to Dark Souls because of its science fiction setting. In the video above, Deck 13 game design head Adam Hetaney talks through the initial story premise, the stamina-based combat, chopping off limbs, crafting, different kinds of enemy, Metroidvania-style exploration and more. There’s even a boss battle towards the end.
All the footage you see here is from a pre-alpha build of The Surge, so subject to change before it hits PC and PS4 in 2017.