Focus Home Interactive and Deck13 released their action RPG The Surge today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. The game is set in a dystopian future where a large aging population, new technologies, and climate change has crippled the human workforce, reducing most people to manual labour in Exo-Suits. The Surge’s protagonist Warren is joining CREO as one of these labourers. His first day goes poorly as he faints after a painful installation of the Exo-Suit. He soon wakes up to a CREO facility where the humans have gone insane and the robots are on a killing spree.
The Surge features visceral one on one combat that puts emphasis on player skill with its targeted horizontal/vertical strike combat system. With resources scarce, players will have to repurpose industrial machines as weapons of war if they hope to survive. To gain parts to build new equipment for Warren, players will need to make a difficult decision to prolong fights and target armoured limbs or save consumables by ending fights quickly with strikes to unarmoured areas.