t he surge 2
Because all good hype for a game should say “features better limb-targeting systems”
PUBLISHER FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE DEVELOPER DECK13 FORMAT XBOX ONE ETA 2019
It seems the original did do well enough after all, as The Surge 2 was announced to muffled applause. With the first game garnering a fair bit of attention for being a Souls- like game in a sci-fi setting, the sequel is faced with the uphill battle of not having novelty to rely on – but it’s a challenge returning developer Deck13 is sure to relish.
Details are thin on the ground at the time of writing, but there’s enough about to start painting a picture of what to expect from the action-RPG sequel. We’re looking again at a postapocalyptic sci-fi world in which you get your backside kicked repeatedly if you’re not paying close enough attention. All pretty samey then. But that’s not a bad thing – the hardcore combat with its limb-targeting system was an area in which the original game stood out. The Surge 2 is set to expand on that groundwork laid by the original with improvements to the limb-targeting system promised.
The Surge 2 also takes place in a brand-new environment – a devastated city of considerable size, taking advantage of both Deck13’s game engine and its experience of working on the first game. And while you’re making your way around this new region, you’ll encounter plenty of new weapons, implants, abilities and drones to keep you playing – and customising as you go.
Customisation is something Deck13 is going bigger on too, with The Surge 2 offering the chance to create female characters for the first time. As well as changeable gender, we’re likely to see customisation stretching to appearance – and you’re also able to customise your play style, thus beginning the game with equipment based on your specific needs.
While you’re not bound to sticking with the choices you make at the game’s opening, it is promising that you’ll be able to pick something and – at least until you change your mind – go with it. Maybe you want to sneak your way through the game’s opening sections as much as possible. Perhaps you just want to don the biggest weapons and armour you can and tank your way to potential limb-shattering victory. Maybe you’re looking for a more mix-and-match approach depending on the situation. Whatever it is, The Surge 2 aims to cater to your style – and that can only be a good thing in the long run.
The Surge 2 doesn’t have a great deal of info out there about it yet, but Focus is set to show the game off during this year’s E3 and Gamescom. So we don’t have to wait too long to find out what improvements to the solid original have been implemented, and what this sequel has in store.
“The game gives you the chance to create female characters for the first time”
Below This is actually a screenshot from the first Surge title, because Deck13 have only released a single piece of art for the new game. We’ll have to use our imaginations.
The Surge 2 will be Deck13’s third game on Xbox One, and the third time it’s been a Souls- like title