Deck 13’s upcoming ARPG The Surge is already looking like a worthy successor to their first foray into the genre of the cerebral hack and slash, Lords of the Fallen. As we saw in an earlier gameplay reveal at Gamescom 2016 in August, the limb-targeting combat and equipment system looks to add a fresh spin to the tactical melee style introduced in Deck 13’s first title. We’ve already seen some of the visceral combat and a variety of weapon types in previous trailers but the new gameplay, which you can see above, shows us some of the more challenging enemies in the game, along with some brutal new executions.
The Lords of the Fallen developer’s upcoming Sci-fi RPG, the Surge, aims for a Dark Souls-like level of challenge and that was further evidenced in the recent gameplay trailer which shows us some of the more fearsome enemies in the game and gives us a glimpse of what appears to be a boss type enemy. The gameplay seems faster and more fluid than Deck 13’s first title and combat a little more responsive, as well as upping the ante in terms of brutality. In a press release along with the trailer, the developer said of the new enemies,
“While some of the earlier enemies encountered while exploring the complex – namely, your former fellow workers – have erratic behavior and may be defeated easily if you are not reckless, others are much more ‘combat-ready’, and will hunt you down relentlessly.”
They went to on to reiterate the risk/reward system of the limb targeting combat, where dismembering tougher, armoured, parts of enemies will net you better equipment for your own use while making the enemy a tougher target to defeat. Death, it seems, will come easily in The Surge; it hasn’t yet been fully elaborated on whether the penalty for death will involve the familiar ‘corpse run’ mechanic but given Deck 13’s history and influences it’s a safe bet that a similar system will be at play.
For more information on The Surge, check out the game’s official website here. The game is not yet available for pre-order but tentative release information suggests it will be out sometime in 2017. Check out the latest screenshots below and let us know what you think of how the title is shaping up in the comments.