Bossa Studios is currently prototyping a tablet version of its over-the-top and (intentionally) highly inaccurate surgical game Surgeon Simulator 2013, the developer told Joystiq.
Surgeon Simulator 2013, developed during the 2013 Global Game Jam in January of this year, has received a number of updates since its launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux — including an alien autopsy and character swap-outs for the Medic and Heavy from Team Fortress 2. The tablet port is not a definite at this point in time, but the developers demoed a prototype of the mobile version at the Eurogamer Expo over the weekend.
According to Joystiq, the tablet version was built in two days and the version Bossa demoed at the Expo was in its sixth iteration of controls. These new controls include a Z-axis that will automatically adjust as players tap and swipe the screen, moving innards and flinging them around the surgical suite.
While the U.K.-based Bossa "isn't definite" about publishing the tablet version, it is "seriously considering it." This is because the developers believe tablets offer a more direct control scheme and these controls in turn open up the possibilities for new kinds of in-game surgeries. One of the new ideas Bossa shared included cracking, pulling out and replacing teeth.
Should a tablet version be published, Bossa prototyper Tom Jackson said it likely won't be available this year — although the rest of the team believes it could be possible with a little more midnight oil.
"Potentially, a few more sleepless nights, Tom, and I think we could do it," sad junior designer Luke Williams.
Surgeon Simulator's most recent update included the addition of anti-gravity kidney transplants and brain surgery in space.