A Cut Above: Surgeon Simulator Adds SPACE SURGERY

Hah, medical school? What's that? No seriously what is it

In space, no one can hear you scream. Typically, that’s very bad news seeing as games, TV shows, and movies have incontrovertibly proven that the universe is crawling with slavering teeth monsters that want to replace our insides with their writhing, gelatinous young. However, if you’re an implausibly incompetent space surgeon, I believe you can actually make a solid case for the silence of the vacuum working in your favor. After all, who’s going to find out? Plus, do medial malpractice rules even apply outside the jurisdiction of, well, Earth? It’s perfect! Thus, Surgeon Simulator 2013‘s new outer-space DLC makes complete, absolute, 100 percent non-absurd sense. Oh, but there’s more to it than that. Developer Bossa’s latest nip and tuck also kicks off a new ARG that apparently hides “Top Secret World-Stopping Secret Content™”.”

Here’s the meat of the DLC, per Bossa’s announcement:

“Bossa Studios announced today that an update for Surgeon Simulator 2013 will send bungling amateur surgeon Nigel into the orbital operating theatre for more zero-gravity mayhem. Players will now be able to perform Brain Surgery and Kidney Surgery in space, and have the chance to earn a total of 18 new Steam Achievements along the way.”

But if you dig a little deeper – yeah, just toss out that lung; it’s probably not doing anything important – you’ll find a brand new alternate reality game titled Codename: Trisha. Surgeon Simulator’s Steam community has already put together a trail of VCR tapes and telephone numbers, but apparently that’s only just the beginning. So yes, probably get on that. Whatever lies at the end of the wonderfully convoluted tunnel is sure to be very, very silly.

Also, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Surgeon Simulator’s gone to space. Thus, I leave you with this very amusing video of the organ-obliterating sim’s secret space mission.


  1. Cooper says:

    So. Change the gravity value in the physics engine and render a porthole behind the patient and then charge for it? Or is this free? I hope it’s free, because there’s little work worth paying for.

    • Henke says:

      AFAIK, the previous space and TF2 missions were free additions, so I don’t think this’ll cost anything either.

  2. trjp says:

    You have to admire someone who’s game’s main USP is that it’s utterly uncontrollable – adding DLC which makes it even HARDER to control.

    I’d actually pay for a “make it just a BIT less frustrating” option tbh – at first it’s fun but it quickly degenerates into “oh for fucks sake” territory – sadly…

    I’m also hoping it’s not the start of a ‘games which are fun because they’re impossible to play’ genre.

    • Henke says:

      It’s not “utterly uncontrollable”. The game’s systems are based in simple physics. It’s hard, but fair. The only missions where it feels kinda unfair are the ambulance ones, because when the ambulance jolts is so random, and might cause vital organs/intruments to become unreachable. Loved the ER missions tho, and all the secret stuff on the desk. Even managed to do the brain transplant in under a minute. :D

      • trjp says:

        “Hard but fair” is an odd thing to describe the game as, when you have a powerdrill in your ‘hand’ and are trying to remove someone’s ribcage…

        Then there’s the “impossible use” hammer with it’s seemingly random effects

        This is one of those games which was fun for a while but which is MUCH more fun to watch other people play.

        A bit like 2 Girls 1 Cup – the value is in watching the player – not the media itself…

        • Henke says:

          Some of the instruments, like hammer and powerdrill, are mostly just there for comedic effect. Stick with the circular saw thing and it’s perfectly doable to remove ribcages and open skulls without having the patient loose too much blood.

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    distantlurker says:

    RE: Malpractice in space.

    Under the terms of the moon treaty , criminal proceedings would be covered by the UN International Criminal Court (ICC).

    A malpractice suit would still be filed in, and governed by, the Country of Residency (or Origin) for the defendant individual or Organizational entity.

    As such, even if your home nation has not signed the moon treaty, you could still be sued according to their laws and bylaws and the United Nations could request your extradition on charges such as murder, under the UN rules of treaty ratification.

    • airmikee99 says:

      The Moon Treaty is a failed treaty, only 15 nations have ratified it, and no nation that launches their own space missions has ratified it. It’s basically 15 kids without toys trying to prevent other kids from playing with their toys.

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        distantlurker says:

        Matters not, the treaty passed into valid international law in 1984. It remains valid for all countries, ratification by a Country means that that State has accepted a law into it’s own legal system.

        Regardless, If a serious crime were committed in space, under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the ICC would be within it’s rights to ask for that individual (or individuals) to be handed over for trial.

        They don’t have to accede (unless they’ve ratified the treaty), but that does not negate the fact that the law is in effect for all members of the United Nations.

        • airmikee99 says:

          The only way the Moon Treaty is going to have any power to force a nation to do something it doesn’t want is if one of the bigger nations signs it. If Russia or China do not sign it, America won’t have anything to worry about. Since Dennis Hope has been selling lunar land for over 30 years without anyone in the US government saying he is doing something he shouldn’t, I think it’s pretty safe to say that America will completely ignore the Moon Treaty for now and into the forseeable future.

          I think you’re looking at the situation ‘in theory’. Yes, ‘in theory’, you’re right, America would be beholden to the treaty regardless of whether or not America ratified it. I’m looking at the situation ‘in practice’, and ‘in practice’, if America doesn’t like the treaty, it will pretend the treaty does not exist.

        • Joriath says:

          The Moon Treaty may be ‘valid’ (I personally disagree with this given that only 15 countries have ratified it and none of them have space programmes capable of reaching the Moon by crewed or uncrewed missions) international law but it doesn’t in practice apply to any countries which haven’t ratified it, unless it were eventually considered to be customary law (a highly unlikely eventuality). Adherence to international law is debatable as it is on Earth but even more so in space.

  4. LionsPhil says:

    This game generates some of the best Let’s Play-ish videos.

  5. BlacKHeaDSg1 says:

    Space surgery is old stuff … so nothing “new”.

  6. jon_hill987 says:

    “TV shows, and movies have incontrovertibly proven that the universe is crawling with slavering teeth monsters that want to replace our insides with their writhing, gelatinous young.”

    This should be in the DLC, Alien Cesarian as seen in Prometheus.

  7. BoZo says:

    Wait, I did surgery in space months (at least several weeks) ago…?

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  9. Jalan says:

    If this ends up anything near the likes of the zero gravity map for Viscera Cleanup Detail then it’ll be a frustrating thing of understated beauty. Sadly there’s no way to match the undying hatred one has for a bucket of bloody water contributing to more mess when one attempts to do a bit of aerial ballet above it to gently ease a dirty mop into its beckoning depths.

  10. MacTheGeek says:

    “Codename: Trisha.”

    Half of Trisha is Tri, meaning three.


    (am I doing that right?)