The Surge (video game)

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The Surge
The Surge box-art.jpeg
Developer(s) Deck13 Interactive
Publisher(s) Focus Home Interactive
Director(s) Jan Klose[1]
  • Johannes Bickle
  • Max Kübler
  • Attila Grőb
  • Richard Masa
Writer(s) Simon H. Mackenzie
Composer(s) Markus Schmidt
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release 16 May 2017
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

The Surge is a science fiction action role-playing video game developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is considered a spiritual successor to Deck13 Interactive's earlier action role-playing game Lords of the Fallen, with which it shares many gameplay features. Deck13 Interactive described the game as inspired by Rise of the Robots[2] and the Souls series.[3]


The Surge is designed in the challenging role-playing game style of the Souls series of games. The gameplay involves players using an exoskeleton to battle enemies. The exoskeleton can be customized through the game using "modular upgrades", according to the developer. The combat allows players to target different body parts of enemies, as well as utilize finishing moves often ending in dismemberment in bullet time fashion.


The game takes place in a dystopian future where humans have exhausted the world's resources, leading to strained social service and environmental diseases. According to the developers, the game paints a grim portrait of the future where the evolution of technology in relation to society and the environment has led to a decadent era for humanity.


Development of The Surge began in August 2015. The first concept art and pre-alpha gameplay footage was publicly shown in March 2016, in advance to German site PC Games Hardware. The game is powered by the FLEDGE engine, developed from scratch by Deck13 Interactive for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and features integration of Nvidia GameWorks.


Aggregate score
Metacritic(PC) 72/100[4]
(PS4) 73/100[5]
(XONE) 74/100[6]
Review scores
Game Informer7/10[9]
PC Gamer (US)60/100[12]

The Surge received moderately positive reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[4][5][6]


It was announced on February 8, 2018 that a sequel was in early development for a 2019 release.[14][15]


  1. ^ Eiser, Martin (17 December 2015). "Fighting the Future: Jan Klose on The Surge". Gamereactor. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ Warman, Dylan (13 May 2017). "The Surge Launch Trailer Released Ahead of Schedule". OnlySP. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ Kollar, Philip (13 June 2016). "See Dark Souls reimagined as sci-fi in the latest trailer for The Surge". Polygon. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The Surge for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "The Surge for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b "The Surge for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  7. ^ Porreca, Ray (16 May 2017). "Review: The Surge". Destructoid. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  8. ^ Goroff, Michael (26 May 2017). "The Surge review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  9. ^ Reiner, Andrew (15 May 2017). "A Mechanical Soul - The Surge - PlayStation 4". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  10. ^ Starkey, Daniel (17 May 2017). "The Surge Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  11. ^ Ryan, John (15 May 2017). "The Surge Review". IGN. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  12. ^ Macgregor, Jody (16 May 2017). "The Surge review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  13. ^ Kollar, Philip (15 May 2017). "The Surge review". Polygon. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  14. ^ Hall, Charlie. "The Surge 2 is coming in 2019". Polygon.
  15. ^ Donnellan, Jimmy (Feb 7, 2018). "The Surge 2 Announced, Coming To PS4, Xbox One & PC In 2019". Cultured Vultures.

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