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Sci-fi hack-and-slasher The Surge is getting a Wild West-themed expansion

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The Surge (opens in new tab) was a generic, half-decent sci-fi combat game that Jody described as "Dark Souls in a junkyard" in his review (opens in new tab). Deck13 tried to liven up the bland setting with a theme park-themed DLC last year (opens in new tab), and next month it'll launch a new expansion, The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented, which is similarly out of left field.

The Western-themed DLC will arrive on October 2. You'll fight through a laboratory owned by megacorp CREO and square up to mad scientist Dr. Rischboter in test chambers that "for some reason, feel like they're torn straight out of a twisted Wild West TV show!" Basically, it's an excuse for more hacking and slashing, but instead of hopping over piles of steel and wire you'll be ducking in and out of saloons.

You'll have access to 16 modifiers (you can use four at a time), and at the end of each stage, you'll fight against tough opponents called Challengers. They'll carry new armour, weapons and implants—there are 30 new items in total—and when you defeat them you'll be able to grab the loot.

No word on pricing, yet, but the previous DLC cost $15, so it'll likely be around that mark. 

Deck13 is currently working on a sequel, and released the first gameplay trailer last month (opens in new tab). It's expected at some point in 2019.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.