The Surge – Everything You Need to Know

By Dave Horobin,
The Surge is available for free as part of April's PlayStation Plus line-up. We wouldn't be surprised if quite a few of you had never heard of it, so we've provided a round-up of all of the key facts to get you started.


What is The Surge?

The Surge is an action RPG developed by Deck 13 and published by Focus Home Interactive that released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 16th 2017. The game is inspired by Rise of the Robots, a fighting game from 1994 where human society was almost entirely under the control of robots, and FromSoftware's Dark Souls series.

The Surge paints a grim image of what life will be like in the future. With the Earth's natural resources depleted, the planet is nearing the end of its life. The human workforce has been largely replaced by robot technology, and with mass unemployment, social services are strained to breaking point thanks to an ageing population and an increase in environmental diseases.

Humans are forced to augment themselves with powered rigs in order to keep up with robots in order to find jobs. You play as Warren, one such human who is starting his first day at work. After choosing an exoskeleton, Warren is prepared for surgery, but when an automated system fails to sedate him during the procedure, he passes out in the middle of the extremely painful operation. When he wakes up, he discovers that the facility is in ruins, robots are attacking personnel and his work colleagues have a deranged thirst for blood. Guided by a mysterious executive known only as Sally, Warren if forced to explore the complex in order to discover what happened.

The world is messed up. Ecological problems have progressed, and it’s gotten really bad. Global governments have fallen, there are failed states, the normal people are just screwed. The company that you’re an employee of is trying to fix this by putting satellites into the atmosphere. Their mission is to seed the atmosphere to heal the world’s ecology and to do this they have to invent new technology. They have to “dig too deep” in certain ways. You arrive here as just a regular guy who’s happy to have a job, but stuff goes super bad. A big part of the game is discovering bits and pieces of the scenario as you play through. It’s a bit of a mystery, they’re developing new technology to do this and like in so many stories when a group is extremely oriented and centered on achieving certain results sometimes there is a dark side to this process.

How Difficult is The Surge?

The combat in The Surge is best described as challenging but fair. Like Dark Souls, the best approach for The Surge is to take things slow and steady and learn the strategies for each enemy type. Part of that learning process means you will die quite often, especially against bosses who can have a steep learning curve to master, but once you learn and adapt your attacks to take advantage of enemy weak weaknesses to defeat them.

How Long Does The Surge Take to Beat?

If you looking to play through The Surge's story, it will take on average around 30 hours — although this will depend on your skill level and how quickly you can work out the different techniques need for different bosses. To unlock all of The Surge Trophies, it will take approx. 50 hours to reach The Surge Platinum Trophy.

How Do I Open Security Doors in The Surge?

When starting The Surge, you may see Security Doors that you can't get into. You'll need to get much further into the game to get through these. Defeat the fourth boss, The Black Cerberus in the Armory of the Executive Forum. After the fight, break through a mesh door and find the Overcharge (10) Power Conduit. This unlocks the CREO Ex06 Security Rig, which you can then use to access these Doors throughout the game.

Does The Surge Have Any DLC?

The Surge has two main DLC packs that both include trophies:
  • A Walk in the Park: Released on December 5th 2017, "A Walk in the Park" included a new map set in an amusement park, 16 new weapons, and new armour and implants.
  • The Good, the bad and the Augmented: Released on October 2nd 2018, "The Good, the bad and the Augmented" is an arena-style expansion that included a new map, 30 new pieces of equipment and a new modifier system.

When Did The Surge Release?

The Surge released on May 16th 2017 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Does The Surge Have PS4 Pro Support?

The Surge offers two modes on the PS4 Pro: Quality and Performance. In quality mode, The Surge runs at 1620p and 30 frames per second. In performance mode, The Surge runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Does The Surge Have a Sequel?

The Surge 2 has been confirmed for release in 2019. As with the first game in the series, The Surge 2 will be developed by Deck 13 and published by Focus Home Interactive. A recent press release suggests the game is out in the summer.

We've got the full list of The Surge trophies - check the list for guides to unlocking them.
Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueTrophies Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueTrophies social pages discussing all things TT related.