The Surge 2 is unlikely to get an easy mode when it launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The recent release of From Software’s Sekiro Shadows Die Twice reignited the debate about whether some games are too difficult and should have optional easy modes.
The Surge 2 – which shares similarities with From Software games – won’t be getting an easy mode, because creative director Jan Klose thinks it would make the game boring.
Asked to weigh in on the easy mode debate, he said: “You know I think once again that it depends on what the game is about.
“When I play something like Tomb Raider or Uncharted, I don’t care about switching the game mode up or down a little bit, because that’s not what the game mainly is about. I don’t feel like fighting these enemies is the coolest thing about these games.
“It’s the complete experience, and easy mode just makes it more accessible for people.”
However, as Klose points out, there’s a big difference between games like Uncharted and close-quarter combat releases like The Surge 2 and Sekiro.
He continues: “When you have a game that’s focused so much on close combat tactics and timing, and you put in an easy mode, then for me the biggest problem would be that it’s also a boring mode.
“What’s the challenge?” he adds.
Instead, Klose believes The Surge 2 can be made easier by taking advantage of its RPG elements and open-ended level design.
Indeed, The Surge 2 will be much more open than its predecessor, giving players more choice about where to go next and how to approach encounters.
That’s on top of all the implants and abilities you can unlock for your high-tech body suit and companion droid.
“The Surge 2 keeps what fans and critics loved about the original – hardcore combat utilizing a unique, dynamic limb targeting system and deep character progression – while also expanding greatly upon the formula,” reads an official post.
“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.
“Combat is more brutal and tactical than ever, with even more options thanks to an expanded limb targeting system. In addition, more abilities, weapons, implants, and drones give players a vast arsenal to build their character with, in their fight against the array of diverse new enemies and bosses.”
The Surge 2 has a 2019 release date on PS4, Xbox One and PC.