Surgeon Simulator dev squashes Half-Life 3 rumors

Bossa Studios says "this has nothing to do with any Valve games" regarding Easter egg found in game's latest update.

Bossa Studios has confirmed that the Easter egg recently discovered in Surgeon Simulator 2013 is not a tease for Half-Life 3.

"Whoa! It seems that you've got a little ahead of yourselves! Here's a clue: THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY VALVE GAMES! Carry on now…," the developer wrote on Twitter today.

Gamers this week discovered a note taped to an object with Korean text inside Surgeon Simulator 2013. The text reportedly reads "The time is," with dots said to be in reference to planets within the solar system.

"The time is 8:47 a.m." is one of the first lines in the original Half-Life.

The discovery was made following the Team Fortress 2 update for Surgeon Simulator 2013. The free update allows gamers to play as Team Fortress 2's medic and operate on the heavy.

Last April, Valve boss Gabe Newell said the studio had gone through numerous "twists and turns" to bring the game to market. He explained that Valve's silence is in the best interest of gamers because elaborating on the game's development "would probably drive people more crazy."

The most recent Half-Life game was 2007's Half-Life 2: Episode Two. That game advances the story of previous entries Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One. A third episode was planned, but has not seen the light of day.

A listing for Half-Life 3 was recently spotted in a Valve project tracker.

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misterBullseye
misterBullseye

Sigh, I remember the good ole' days of downloading the Half-Life demo on dial up. That took a few nights downloading sessions were I could basically do nothing else on the internet since all the bandwith was gone downloading. Needed Get Right to manage the partial download. yeah, download managers totally were a thing!

Took a good few hours on a 33.6 modem. I mean, the package was 49 MBs big. 

Ah, the good old days.

Vajezus
Vajezus

(2013-2007)/TF2=HL3 CONFIRMED!!!

billlabowski
billlabowski

I think the hype is out of control. I think Valve knows it and they're scared to release a game that may not meet expectations of "the perfect game". 

Guy_Brohski
Guy_Brohski

I don't want Valve to develop the next Half-Life. I think they should outsource the development of HL3 to a developer with a history of excellent graphics, like Ubisoft, Epic or Crytek. 

vault-boy
vault-boy

The words 'Surgeon' 'Simulator' and 'Squashes' all start with the letter S. 

That means there are 3 S's. 

Half Life 3 confirmed. 

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

I hope Gamespot takes the time to play (review?) Fakefactory's Cinematic Mod 12 Half Life 2. Probably one of the greatest mods ever made. Simply astounding. 

senseless_dj
senseless_dj

One day i will play Half-life 3 and im sure of it.

chronocommander
chronocommander

The anticipation around HL3 has gotten completely ridiculous, no wonder with that insane cliffhanger ending of HL2:Ep 2, maybe Valve would have been better off releasing sort of a side story game in between Ep2 and 3 like what Alan Wake's American Nightmare is to Alan Wake, something that takes place after the main game, reveals just enough of the fate of the characters to bring some peace to the suspense while setting up a sequel. The sequel can take ages to come, but at least you don't feel left hanging for 6+ years.

davidsworld3
davidsworld3

I've long since lost interest in this developer, so dont really care if they ever actually release half life 3, for whatever reason they dont want to or are waiting for another leap in tech but at this point they are playing with the chance that people lose patience and no longer wants to follow them, or fund them through buying their games.

willisons
willisons

portal 3, another counter strike, and team fortress 3 confirmed, half life denied.... :p

killman961
killman961

and the HILARIOUS thing about it is that there was at least one man that saw this and was like "huh, this looks odd. i've never seen this until the new update came out with those two characters created by valve........ O_o i need to go deeper...."

Jaw7765
Jaw7765

As I'm posting, 115 of comments and 66 are listening...

1+1=2 5+6=11

2+6 = 8... 11 - 8 = 3 

HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

Kelleyb4947
Kelleyb4947

Pro Tip #1: Never say anything bad about Half-Life unless you want people to hate you. I hate you.

chechak7
chechak7

LONG TIME for HALF LIFE  game wow it's gana be great news

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

Let's just accept that Valve has given up on making games and are just going to sit on Steam and become a digital retailer who patches and expands previous games, or actually I should say TF2. Nothing else changes much. I don't even blink when I see Half Life related stuff anymore, it's all rumors. Half Life its self is almost a rumor, it's a series which had greatness in it but Valve decided not to follow up on. It's hard to make money on a game when you develop it for 10 years, so it's cheaper to just not develop it.

playniko69
playniko69

I had a threesome last night. 

AIDS CONFIRMED

Iranazi
Iranazi

The guy mentioned Valve, HL3 confirmed.

zanyboy786
zanyboy786

and if you havent played it then probably you were too young and sucking on your mamas tit 

angeloti83
angeloti83

I don´t get what the big idea with this game is...there´re better games nowadays! besides, it´s a shooter like 100 games out there...

ilantis
ilantis

I give exactly 3 shits about his article.

Half life 3 confirmed

Sardinar
Sardinar

Well, we already know that Gabe is working on Source Engine 2. Anyone with a brain knows that it's basically a Half-life 3 announcement. 

... well, maybe they don't, BUT I HOPE IT"S TRUE. :(

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Half Life 2 still looks great all these years later. Last time they made an engine it blasted the competition and now whats even more exciting is Valve wasn't even as rich as they are today, so god knows what they are going to come up with, now they actually have money. Because I read that Half Life 2, almost put them into bankruptcy and that guy froom Germany or whatever that stole the Half Life 2 codes had Valve pretty freaked, thinking the game was going to be released on the net, but it turned out that the hacker had no intention of releasing anything, he just wanted to see if he could hack into Valve's files . A complete Nextgen engine from Valve is pretty exciting. The graphics from Valve always look nothing like the games out already. They always have their own unique look.

lingo56
lingo56

Guys the reason HL3 is taking so long is because over the past years almost no one was working on it at Valve it was only recently (1-2 years) that there was any rumours even out about them actualy even working on a new engine, and if  they just finished up and working on Dota 2 now then I think we still have quite a ways to go before HL3 might hit the shelves. 2 years minimum.

macaque12
macaque12

@billlabowski I agree with you, I don't think they even imagine what the end of HL2:EP2 would do to the gamer community. And the pressure must be out of this world to them. I'm even sabing money to update my pc on the new HL comes out

MudPie210
MudPie210

@Guy_Brohski Valve is the best developer out there, even with incredibly long development times, and handing off such an incredible source (see what I did there?) material off to a third party would be absolute insanity.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

@Guy_Brohski Valve is one of the very few consistent, high quality developers out there. Handing this IP to less capable hands would be a mistake. 

galactic88
galactic88

Look at Kingdom Heart fans Enix skipped an entire console generation before announcing 3. And I don't even count the countless portable spinoffs.

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

@davidsworld3 They have steam, Don't think they really care that much about releasing games all the time as this obviously keeps the money rolling in. Also they did released Portal 2 not to long back, which was excellent.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@Kelleyb4947 Episode 2 left a dangling plot thread that needs to be resolved. It's like a great TV show that got cancelled 8 episodes into a 10 episode season. The story will never be the greatest ever told in a video game (which many people claim it is) until that thread is resolved (even if that resolution is abstract and Kubrick-ian like the ending of Half Life 2 proper was; if they were going to start the whole "episodes" thing, they should've finished it). 

...hate me if you must, but on some level, you know you agree!

Iloveconnie
Iloveconnie

@angeloti83 While i have to say I loved half life 1 and 2 and the episodes, there really isnt anything particularly special about them except the atmosphere.

Zynn
Zynn

@angeloti83 I too would be happy if I were blissfully ignorant.

ecs33
ecs33

@angeloti83 I played alot of shooters, and none have the style that Half Life has, even to this day!

lingo56
lingo56

@AggrandizedUser Everyone has an opinion. I thought HL2 and the Episodes were great but I really don't like HL1 mostly becuase of the setting.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@galactic88 Exactly, the spinoffs helped fans tide over the announcement, HL has had very little to do that other than Black Mesa and cryptic Portal 2 references that actually add very little lore to the HL universe while seaming all mysterious.

Xx_Kares_xX
Xx_Kares_xX

@lingo56 @AggrandizedUser 

I have the exact opposite opinion,I found Half-life 1 to be the far superior game in every respect (except graphics of course). Half-Life 2 was nothing but valve screaming 'Look! we made a physics engine' with some of the worst car driving controls I've ever played with,not to mention the gravity gun took all the fun and strategy out of using your fire arms effectively. The pacing was bad and the atmosphere was dull. The only truly enjoyable part of Half-life 2 was Ravenholm.

The best way to examine which game is better is to play the fan made Black Mesa 'remake' of the original Half-life in the Half-Life 2 engine... it really goes to show how much better the original game was in tone, puzzle design, combat, atmosphere and platforming.

angeloti83
angeloti83

@Fighting40 @MatrixGamer78 @ecs33 @angeloti83 well as a matter of fact i have! and besides the atmosphere and a fine story i don´t understand why this game is so overhyped... besides there are soo many games out there better than this one...

ashyblood
ashyblood

@nyran125tk I agree. Hard for me to fathom how any gamer could play through Half Life 2 and have negative opinions about the gameplay and atmosphere because I thought they were phenomenal. And I actually like the fact that Valve has chosen to keep Freeman mute, it adds to the immersion of the game.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Xx_Kares_xX man I LOVED the atmosphere of Half Life 2, how could you not be into this whole city is being taken over by an alien race theme? It was awesome. Plus the gameplay was epic. When that train arrived into East 17 and the doctor was talking about how people should do away with instincts as it holds us back as a race, I was hooked. I knew I was going love this game and all the dominating strange robotic sounds in the street and when you go up to the Swing and you hear kids playing in the backround. There was NOTHING remotely like it out at the time and theres still nothing out quite like it. Maybe Homefront

lingo56
lingo56

@Xx_Kares_xX 
@lingo56 I did play Black Mesa but I never got as intrigued as I did in HL2, idk maybe I need to playthrough it again but I really don't remember much while I still have fond memories of HL2.