Sci-fi Dark Souls 'The Surge' gets an exciting, violent launch trailer

From Deck 13 (known for Lords of the Fallen), The Surge hopes to build on the studio's knowledge for hardcore action RPG combat in a melee-heavy game filled with crazed robots and cyborgs.

In The Surge, you play as Warren, who had hoped to start his first day working for a global megacorporation known as Creo. Creo deploy various robots and cybernetically enhanced human workers. As you might expect, things have taken a turn for the worst.

The industrial construction machines and cyborgs working for Creo have, for reasons unknown, gone insane. It's up to you as Warren to survive the carnage, set in a dystopian future, and discover the truth about Creo.

The Surge has a unique combat system where loot plays a role in combat style. You can dispatch enemies quickly, aiming for unarmored body parts, or attempt a riskier fight slicing off gear and weapons straight off their bodies.

Players will have to deploy a combination of rapid movement, dodging, and angled attacks to overcome threats. However, the unique loot mechanics will make every battle a risk vs. reward affair, as you build up your character RPG-style.

The Surge launches on May 16th for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.

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  • I'm really excited for this game, I'm looking forward to playing this style in a new setting.
  • And I've preordered, traded in Little Nightmares and Rockband towards it.
  • What do you mean traded in???
  • I traded them in at EB games.
  • This looks really nice ... the character detail looks fantastic.  Hopefully, this ends up being one of the games that gets "the treatment" for Scorpio!
  • The villain must be Dr. Wiley
  • Looks pretty good
  • Wish this had some ranged combat to round out the melee combat other than that it looks promising.
  • I assume it'll have something, but it won't be the main combat focus, at least if it's anything like DS or LotF.
  • Everybody comparing every game to Dark Souls, I'm fed up with this. "It's like Dark Souls but you die less and you're a plumber that stomps on his enemies".
  • But this game literally is designed in the same style as Dark Souls, same as this studios previous title Lords of the Fallen. Although they obviously do bring some new mechanics to the table, it's not a carbon copy, but they are the same style of game. It's like people calling something a "Metroidvania" game. However it's a fact that this game exists because of Demon's/Dark Souls. Which is great because for people who enjoy those games (myself included) get a whole new game to play in a unique setting for the genre.