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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Deck 13 Interactive
Deck 13 has released four minutes of gameplay from their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge. The unedited footage features a bloody combat system that results in dismemberment and disembowelment while also emphasizing a slow pace. The player explores a facility overrun by cybernetic enemies, both those built for combat and others that are failed experiments with nano-technology. The system forces players to make a choice to either aim for an enemy’s vulnerable spot to secure victory or try to preserve them, prolonging the battle but also making it possible to attain their equipment after the battle.
Not much has been revealed about Deck 13’s upcoming action role-playing game The Surge since it was announced last December. That looks to change soon, as the Lords of the Fallen developer will be taking their current build to E3. Until then, four new screenshots were released showing off the exoskeletons that factory employee Warren wears for work, and which he’ll eventually customize for combat. How he customizes his suit will depend on how players decide to take down their enemies, as they will be able to target specific limbs to take for themselves as interchangeable upgrades.
Focus Home has released new art work from Deck 13’s upcoming action role-playing game The Surge. The new pieces showcase the game’s dystopian setting, on an Earth that’s on its last legs, home to people relying on cybernetics to earn a living and crumbling overpopulated cities. After being overshadowed by technology, mankind has turned to using exoskeletons in order to perform labor for the wealthy. By augmenting these skeletons, players will be able to improve their character, and as shown in the art, will be able to turn their skilled hands to crafting new weapons and upgrades after acquiring blueprints.
Developer and publisher Kalypso Media has created a new digital-centric label, Kobalt Games. According to the announcement, “Kobalt Games will publish high-quality titles for PC, XBLA, PSN, Mac and Linux at a mid-price level, with a maximum price of £24.99, €29.99, $29.99, primarily via digital distribution channels.” Kobalt announced that its first game will be Blood Knights, a hack-n-slash action-RPG from Venetica and Jack Keane developer Deck 13 Interactive. Set in the Middle Ages, players will control two adventurers, a Templar vampire hunter and the vampire he is bound to, who must battle against armies of creatures to find the spell that will break their bond.