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Surgery Simulator DLC Hints At Half Life 3 ARG

Oh no, it's starting again.

Uh oh, crazy season might be on us again. Valve have a habit of running long-term ARG (alternative reality games) leading up to the reveal of their new titles – the most recent one was the rather brilliant Portal 2 ARG – and it looks like they might, might, be starting another one. For Half Life 3.

The image above is a screenshot taken from new Team Fortress 2-themed DLC for Surgery Simulator. It shows something new in the game, a note attached to the bottom of something with strange markings on.

Those markings including what appears to be a representation of our Solar System, six letters in classic Hangman style, and – of course – a question mark. It’s accompanied by some Korean writing which says “the time is”. Internet sleuths have been digging around since last night, but so far no massive breakthroughs.

Half Life 3 is easily one of the industry’s most anticipated games, even though it’s still not officially revealed, mentioned or even hinted at.

Via NeoGAF.

  1. Person678
    BOOM! Headshot!
    Since: Jan 2009

    Oh wow interesting. It looks like that ‘bugged’ patch for HL2 that set the language to korean was not a accident then.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 09:04.
  2. pdannysan13
    Since: Mar 2013

    HL3 will be mind blowing.
    And imagine all the slew of new games based on the new engine: Portal 3, new Left for Dead, new Counter Strike, new Team-Fortress.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 09:22.
  3. davidmccue
    Since: Jun 2013

    The dots are not planets they are the dots on a clock. The Korean writing which says “the time is” is a big clue.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 10:18.
    • Mathematicool
      Since: Mar 2011

      What clock has 9 dots?

      Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 10:45.
      • maney911
        Since: Oct 2012

        There most probably representative of our solar system as they go in the correct size order. The question mark points at Saturn if that means anything.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 11:13.
  4. carson321
    Since: May 2009

    The line is pointing at Saturn if that is a representation of the planets, and that would fit in the spaces above, if the square is to highlight some letters then it would be S and A.

    But what if the arrow thing isn’t just pointing at Saturn, with ‘the time is’ it could be clock hands, so either 11:45 or 09:00

    Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 12:46.
    • chaywa
      Since: Jun 2013

      Either way 11.45 or 9.00 is a quarter to 12. Twelve minus a quarter is 9 – so HL3 in September maybe?

      Comment posted on 28/06/2013 at 23:56.
  5. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    SurgeonSimulator2013 @SurgeonSim2013

    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…

    Comment posted on 29/06/2013 at 08:11.
  6. Erroneus
    Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
    Since: May 2009

    Summer sale is coming.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2013 at 09:58.
  7. crowbar
    Since: Jul 2013

    ok nerdlings if this is the start of an arg heres what i think, the dots are indeed planets , the korean does indicate time and the hangman style blanks do spell out saturn. the arrow points between mercury and venus which points out to me that we are talking about a cellestial time . venus is in conjuction with saturn on sep 20th then passes through the archers bow of saggitarius later in november when it passes by the northern tip of the bow on nov 12, by the way the star at the tip of the bow is called kaus borealis or lambda saggitarii also it is an orange giant, so between september and november, we shall see.

    Comment posted on 01/07/2013 at 18:36.

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