Today, developer Deck13 and publisher Focus Home Interactive’s announced that upcoming hardcore action RPG, The Surge, is set to launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 16, 2017.
Never heard of The Surge? No problem: here’s an overview via Deck13:
The Surge is an action RPG set in a world ravaged by war and global warming. The game offers a hardcore experience, with a focus on challenging, visceral melee combat. It features fresh fighting, looting and crafting mechanics, alongside a unique character progression system. Fitted with your exo-suit and cybernetic implants, harness super-human strength to survive the CREO complex, a mega-corporation that set out to save the world. Enhance your exo-suit with near-endless combinations of armor and weapons, each with their own move sets as you slice your way through steel and flesh to loot, craft, and improve your rig. Salvage weapons and modular armour, by using the dynamic targeting system to attack and dismember limbs individually. From lighting rigs to heavy lifters, security armor to advanced, secretive technology – mix and match equipment to suit your playstyle and overcome the adversarial and environmental challenges that plague the malfunctioning complex. Take on huge, industrial bosses in a complex gone mad and discover the truth about CREO.
COMBAT AND TARGETING
Combat is challenging and unforgiving. You’ll need to carefully study your enemies, rather than blindly rushing and wildly swinging your weapon without focus. Study their attack patterns and weaknesses, then strike hard and fast – even the weakest of enemies can be deadly! Thanks to the dynamic targeting system, you can aim at your opponents’ specific limbs to dismember them, in order to loot or craft the attached equipment. Go for the easy kill by hitting unarmored limbs, or attempt to claim a piece of equipment from the enemy by targeting a specific area. Balancing your need to survive against your desire for new equipment is key to moving through the CREO complex.
EXO-RIG AND IMPLANTS
As an employee of CREO, you are fitted with an exo-suit intended for industrial work inside the CREO complex. This base rig can be enhanced with light, medium, or heavy attachments, allowing you to specialize into your chosen playstyle. Granted super-human strength, you are able to wield huge weapons and inflict massive damage onto your enemies, as well as survive dangerous environmental hazards such as toxic spills. Alongside the exo-rig, you are fitted with a cognitive interface between your brain and the exo-suit, powering implants looted from enemies and the game world. Your exo-suit has a limited power output, so it’ll be up to you to balance the benefits and downsides of each implant against the power requirements of your exo-suit upgrades and equipment.
The further you delve into CREO and the longer you survive, the more tech scrap (XP) you’ll gain from defeating enemies and bosses. Die, and the metal scrap farmed to that point will be dropped where you fall. You will have to fight your way back to regain it, or lose it forever. In operations, you can use that tech scrap to either upgrade your exo-rig and increase its power-output (level), allowing you to use more and stronger implants, or use the scrap as base material to craft and upgrade armor and weapons. You will also naturally increase your efficiency with the various weapon types by using them in combat. Over time, it will improve your affinity with them, consequently increasing the amount of damage you inflict and letting you take on far more fearsome enemies and bosses.
LOOTING AND CRAFTING
Explore CREO’s many varied environments, both inside and out, and use your implants to target specific enemy ligaments to gain crafting resources. Use these to improve your equipment, upgrading your weapons and armor throughout CREO’s scattered safe-rooms. Specialize to meet your needs – from heavy armor attached to your exo-rig to staves, axes, and heavy-lifting equipment, use CREO’s cutting-edge industrial technology against the threats that lay ahead. Crafting materials are widespread at CREO, but accessing them is dangerous… and necessary!
THE CREO COMPLEX
CREO’s complex is huge and filled with secrets, intrigue, and threats warped by a catastrophic event. Although many of its inhabitants were not originally designed for combat, each area houses dangerous combatants that once worked in these environments. Armed with lethal industrial equipment, you must risk everything to explore, loot, and craft to survive. Explore vast mechanical areas, delve into toxic underground passages, and climb to the sleek executive levels to discover exactly what happened at CREO through audio messages, dialogues from survivors, and environmental storytelling
Additionally, Focus Home Interactive and Deck13 revealed the game’s preorder bonuses, which include the following three in-game items: The Creo PSDI Limited Rig, A Physical Damage Boost Injectable, and a Secret Finding Implant.
The Surge will cost $59.99 USD when it launches. Below, you can check out the new CGI trailer which accompanied the release date announcement: