Surgeon Simulator 2013 puzzle leads to more ARG speculation, devs say it's unrelated to Valve's games

Surgeon Simulator 2013 was recently updated to include Team Fortress 2's Heavy and Medic. On completion of the new level, players were awarded with a small statue. On the base of that statue? A puzzle and Korean text, leading to speculation that this was the continuation of what was assumed to be a Valve-led ARG.

Before we go on, we need to be absolutely clear: whatever's happening, and whatever it relates to, we're still not involved .

Here's a better look at the puzzle. It contains a row of dots, space for a six letter word, and, most intriguingly, Korean text.

The Korean text is interesting because of a tweet made by the Steam Support account last week:

That text, when translated, was close enough to the Episode 2 line "prepare for unforeseen consequences" to get people excited. So much so that Valve later had to clarify, tweeting from the same account, "HL2 and EP1/EP2/Lost Coast are being converted to SteamPipe today. This isn't an ARG, just STEAMPIPE."

This tweet from the Surgeon Simulator 2013 coyly suggests that the puzzle is something:

But a follow up this morning throws cold water over the idea that its related to one of Valve's games - including that one.

To recap: Yes, there is a puzzle. No, it's not Half-Life 3.

The solution to the puzzle? Here's one of the better explanations , posted on NeoGAF . It posits that the dots relate to planets, meaning the arrow is pointing from Saturn. Given that the Korean text has something to do with time, it's led people to believe that someone will announce something on Saturday. If it is Valve related, it'll likely to be Summer Sale. Note how the SS2013 tweet mentioned it's not related to "Valve's games", meaning... OH GOD I'M STARTING TO SOUND LIKE THEM.

My advice? Enjoy the show. It's great watching the internet collectively sleuth out ARG clues. It's even better to watch the internet speculate wildly.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.