The upcoming sci-fi action RPG The Surge could very well be the perfect remedy for those post-Nioh blues. The development team at Deck13 hopes to deliver a hardcore action RPG experience with a heavy focus on challenging melee combat – elements that are featured heavily in the Dark Souls franchise and the recent release of Team Ninja’s Nioh.
The Surge made its first large-scale appearance at last years Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), with a short trailer that introduced its dystopian setting and visceral melee combat. The initial trailer definitely had my attention, but I’ve been a little lackadaisical in keeping up with the development recently. A flurry of new content for The Surge has since been revealed, including a series of boss-related screenshots and some new trailers.
What’s that? You’ve missed them all too? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a gallery of screenshots showcasing some of the games most fiercest of boss battles – a feature that made the Dark Souls and Nioh approach to the action RPG genre such a refreshing and rewarding experience. The screenshots don’t reveal much in the region of the mechanics and inner-workings of boss combat, but there’s some seriously dangerous mechs here worth watching out for.
The Surge Screenshot Gallery
Screenshots can only reveal so much, but thankfully Focus Home Interactive have released a selection of trailers and videos on their official YouTube channel. Check the different tabs below for each of the trailers currently available for The Surge, including the initial E3 trailer, some footage from Gamescom, and two extensive gameplay trailers featuring nearly 20 minutes of unedited gameplay footage.
I’m probably a little late to the action RPG fad. I somewhat enjoyed Dark Souls, although often I felt my enjoyment of the game was overshadowed by the sheer frustration I felt from being overwhelmingly crap at its melee combat. Nioh was a fantastic remedy to that frustration, as its accessibility led to a much more positive experience. I chose to use the term accessible there, as saying the game was easier than Dark Souls would make me look bad.
It’s too early to tell where The Surge will revolutionize the action RPG genre, but its inspirations from other games in the genre is clear. I never understood the obsession of the constant death and frustration of the more hardcore games in the genre until I experienced Nioh, and although I’m not quite ready to say I’m a pro, The Surge has me really excited for a fresh dystopian take on an otherwise dark and fantasy-like approach to the genre.
The Surge is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in May 2017. For more information on the development of the game, be sure to check out The Surge on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the official website.