The main Story in The Surge takes place in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the end of its life. Those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been made redundant, forcing Earth’s citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology, our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the Human civilization. The events of the game's progression will be recorded chronologically here once more is known.


Story Information


From a developer interview with Deck 13: "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."[1]


Story Rundown  (Work in progress, feel free to write a neat essay out of this)


  • You travel to CREO by train. While you're traveling you see a rocket launch.
  • You get to the company district and choose your rig.
  • Your rig is getting mounted, but something went wrong. You don't get sedated and you pass out because of the pain.
  • you wake up in a wasteland, because a robot tries to take your rig off. Beside you are several dead people that have rig connections on their body, but no more rig attached.
  • You meet Sally and she explains, that a shock went through the whole CREO system and now everything is locked and most people have gone crazy. You have to get to the management to free her.
  • You can't find a way into the management (it's locked by security) so you end up in the bio labs, where you meet Dr. Chavez. She tells you that resolve is toxic and she still researching for a non-toxic version of it. (even though she was fired years ago).
  • She gives you a USB with important information on it and you should deliver it to an old friend of her -- to rescue the world --
    You head back to the main production line and search for a way to the management through the maintenance tunnels. Sadly you're a heavy fat ass, so the ground beneath your feet breaks and you land in the R&D.
  • You make friends with a crazy scientist who developed a new solution to resolve, called utopia. It's like resolve. But on steroids. But instead of steroids, he used nanites! You also discover his hobby project: Transforming human being to the next level. Connecting human with machines. (Homo machina)
  • You're finally able to get to the management, only to discover they all dead, Sally is a lie (only a program) and because of the last management member alive not voting, the start of the utopia rocket launch is accepted in his moment of death. (that's what Sally wanted to prevent) If you now back track to Chavez you gonna tell her, her friends are all dead and she'll tell you, that some other friend might be at the rocket launch and with her USB you can stop utopia. (which would kill ~95% of life on earth if you don't stop it.)
  • So you head straight to the rocket launch area. Can't find this friend of Chavez. Might or might not inject the virus into utopia (your decision) and head to the final boss. A gigantic nanite monstrosity. Before and while you fight it you hear voices of scientists talking some weird*****.
  • When you beat the boss, the rocket launches, kicking you onto your fat ass. In the final cutsceen you crawl towards a wheel chair.
  • You wake up in a train heading towards CREO (NG+ started)
  • You arrive and while rolling towards the choosable rigs you'll discover blood on the ground. Looking like somebody severely wounded made his way out of one of the maintenance tunnels into this room and crawled his way towards the doors where you enter to choose a rig.

    • Anonymous

      22 Dec 2018 02:45  

      there's some extra story stuff in the park dlc, warren went to the park with his girlfriend, then some accidents happened and warren wanted to work for creo to walk again, his girlfriend disagrees and think creo isn't the answer, and finally his girlfriend bought him an iron maus shirt and tell him to wear it in the interview

      • Anonymous

        30 Sep 2018 19:26  

        Ive got a weird theory about all this. I think the surge is Sally's hell. She is the good ai of creo. She was supposed to deal with a rogue nanotechnology threat. It would consume, evolve, be aggressive and actuality, the ai lost, the nanite entity escaped. The ai of creo is left ruined with piles of corpses, she is playing back what happened, looping it. Trying to finish it but never really being able to. Warren and everyone else are dead souls/ minds fused by the nano entity when it took over the systems and messed with everything. Souls like warren, and mallory are not so damaged or maybe strong enough that sally chooses to control them as puppets, trying to score a win, which never happens. ( Mallory is another girl who sally tries to order around, similar to warren, except she grows tired, and refuses to enter the executive form and is killed by sally. Her death is very surreal, several wounds appear on her and she feels terrible pain then wastes away) perhaps sally revealed her true body, which was completely wrecked in real life or maybe sally keeps us alive, and in truth we are bloody pulps, because of all our deaths in the games. This also explains warrens revives. Sally will reset him, since he is the most determined. Maybe the others like hobs are just too weak to order around, or what if warren and Mallory were real. The reason why they had a painful no anesthesia surgery was because sally tampered with it. What if the anesthesia was having your mind linked to the server, which was hijacked by the nanitemass, then forcing them to sleep( feel no pain, but become infected later, since nanite already hacked it, like irina). They were never connected to the nanite thing, so they actually were ordered around by sally/ tried to stop it, but failed. And sally just reuses them in this weird limbo. Trying to win. Maybe when they lost, all the minds stolen by the nanite thing ( warrens and Mallory included, since they lost) was left there in creo, since the nanite thing left. then merged with sally and they just repeat their last moments. Or maybe they aren't in creo, maybe they are already in the nanite mass, and we are just reliving a few days/ hours before doom.

        • Anonymous

          30 Sep 2018 18:38  

          You do find the friend of Chavez, there is a dead body near the place you upload the virus. She was found out and killed. Her audio log is also nearby.

          • Anonymous

            14 Sep 2018 11:04  

            Its all a dream. The surge takes place in warrens head. Kinda like the movie total recall. Some proof. Near the first place you meet irina theres a vid on the wall playing about dream vacations. You can go anywhere you want using your neural implant

            • Anonymous

              11 Jun 2018 01:17  

              The surge is pretty good but I have a threoy that is that the workers are dead and the rigs are controlling their corpses

              • Anonymous

                15 Aug 2017 23:59  

                Spoilers ahead!!! And worse, guesses as to wtfs going on.

                From what I gather, the main story line goes as follows.

                The world has been harvested by men for a long time and is now ROYALLY screwed up, so Mr. Gutentag wanted to fix it with project Resolve. Resolve was going to reseed the atmosphere and fix everything. Resolve was put into action before it was done being tested and it was discovered that it makes the toxic stuff that we keep tripping over through the game. Resolve was seen as a failure by most, and project UTOPIA was created where instead of using chemistry to fix everything, nano machines were going to be used to fix it all. The head boffin working on UTOPIA was working to kill 95% of the worlds population using UTOPIA, but the remaining 5% would be near gods. Mr. Gutentag might have known about the whole mass murder thing, and might not, but he was thinking about trying to upload peoples minds to computers. Warren is guided through the game by Sally who is a Nurse program, designed to keep the Board members up and running, whether they want to or not. I believe she wanted Warren to assist the board in various ways with his fleshy physical hands, while she was just a hologram. After seeing her job failed and all members of the board dead, it fries her circuits and she "dies."
                Warren dont give a *****.
                Right about here is where my conjecture starts.
                After heading down towards the missile, we get an audio log that says the tank wasnt designed to hold project UTOPIA for that long, and we see a containment vessel by the Rouge Process and I believe that UTOPIA broke out of its vessel and started infecting CREO from the ground up. Nanites are tiny 'lil ****ers, so their takeover would be subtle until it was too late, when they got into the computer systems and fried everything. I believe that all the security forces are quite brain dead, and the only survivors are the people we run into (and possibly kill.) As we saw with the engie-turned-security Irina, the nanites could control peoples minds with the neural links, making them do what the Rouge wants, like guarding the place. When "The Surge" happened, everybody with a neural link had visions of other minds, agony, and various other nasty things. I think at that moment, Rouge went into every Neural link and copied/took everybody's mind. A few resisted, were too drugged up to get a hold of, and some had dead power cores. Those that resisted eventually fell, the one that was drugged has multiple people in his head, but the only people that didnt really get affected was warren and Hobbs. I had Hobbs die, so I assume that he would have fallen to the Rouge eventually. Warren was thrown outside with the garbage, and didnt have a power core, so i think his "wifi" wasnt enabled at the time.

                At the end of the game I think Rouge lived through our fight, and escaped into the world to do whatever it damn well pleases. I seriously doubt smacking a nanite cloud with a stick is enough to defeat it, even with an amazing stick. Warren crawled to his wheelchair, and I didnt see any handicap ramps while running around, just a **** ton of stairs, so I think he probably got killed by Rouge, got eaten by nanites, or starved to death.

                Thats my take on the story, take it or leave it, but lemme know what you think :D

                • Anonymous

                  04 Jun 2017 20:19  

                  I feel like warren is in hell, bound to repeat the same events over and over till the end of time no matter what he try's.

                  • Anonymous

                    21 May 2017 23:17  

                    This game's plot is it's weakest sopt. However it would be really nice for someone to write it down. Some of my questions: 1. What kind of tech Creo used in the final area? It was really out of touch with the rest of the game. Who developed it?. 2. Who is Sally (and what did all this scene in the board room mean)? 3. It would be nice to accumulate all info about CREO, Reveal and Utopia, and about all characters (including audio ones) in articles. 4. So how game story ends (in general) - is there 2 endings (because it wasn't very obvious)?

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