Suprise hit action-adventure title The Surge is getting an equally surprising sequel. Developer Deck 13 and publisher Focus Home Interactive will once again join forces to bring fans The Surge 2. According to an official announcement from Deck 13, fans of the original game can expect many of its best qualities to return in this in-development sequel.
“The Surge 2 keeps what fans and critics loved about the original while also expanding greatly upon the formula,” reads a statement from the developers. “The Surge 2 takes place in a brand new environment: a sprawling, devastated city with larger and more ambitious level design, made possible by Deck13’s upgraded and improved engine.”
The developers also promise to expand upon the original game’s limb-targeting system – a brilliant mechanic that forces you to consider the strengths of your opponents as well as what you want to salvage from their bodies – and will likely add more of just about everything featured in the first game. At the very least, that includes more weapons, drones, abilities, and implants.
At present, The Surge 2 is expected to be released for PC and select consoles sometime in 2019.
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If you didn’t get to play The Surge, think of it as a sci-fi take on the Dark Souls franchise. Much like that popular series, The Surge forced you to engage in some particularly tricky battles by using a methodical combat system. Death results in the loss of quite a bit of progress that can be recovered by finding the remains of your former self.
The Surge distinguished itself from its considerable competition through its use of an incredible dystopian world where technology is capable of making you whole (at a cost, of course) and the aforementioned limb-targeting system. Along with Nioh, The Surge proved that there is life in the little sub-genre that Dark Souls helped carve out. It was well-made and sometimes truly innovative.
We look forward to hearing more about this sequel.