What started out as a small project to train new programmers in Unreal Engine quickly escalated into an actual game. Swedish independant game developer Coffee Stain Studios uploaded the following video as a joke but after millions of views and the whole gaming community requesting that they actually make the stupid thing, they actually made the stupid thing and in less than three months.
The gameplay is based off old school Tony Hawk Pro Skater games where you'd have to perform tricks in an open map setting to earn as many points as possible. In Goat Simulator, you're a destructive goat. The more you wreck things, the more points you earn.
I think the launch trailer really illustrates how silly and hilarious this game is going to be:
Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.
The game will include only one map and a few goat models but it will ship with Steamworks so players may customize and create maps, goats and missions. There is no multiplayer as the physics engine used is said to synchronize terribly in multiplayer modes. Since physics is at the core of the gameplay, they decided that a multiplayer mode wasn't worth sacrificing their favourite features.
We won’t be expanding the game for years and bloating it, we want to keep it small, weird and stupid [...] Goat Simulator won’t be an enormous open-world adventure like GTA with goats, but if it can make you laugh for an hour then I feel we’ve succeeded.
- Official blog post
This game looks silly, buggy and pointless. I'm beyond excited to play it.
Goat Simulator will be available through Steam on April 1st. For more information, visit goat-simulator.com.