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To say Goat Simulator has gone off the rails isn't exactly fair, given that I'm not sure it was ever affixed to the rails in the first place. This is a game, in case the name didn't give it away, that's inherently about the ridiculous. But somehow, with each DLC drop, it's managed to become even more absurd, to the point that I'm not even sure what we're dealing with anymore. The next expansion is titled Waste of Space, and is an outer space-themed update with a trailer narrated by an Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator.
It opens with a reference to The Force Awakens, and continues to fit as many sci-fi gags into the two-minute running time as possible. Almost hidden among all the jokes are shots of a game that's barely recognizable from the one that developer Coffee Stain Studios launched on April Fool's Day two years ago.
The primary physics-playground this time around appears to be a lunar colony, complete with flying vehicles and habitation domes, but there's a brief shot of what seems to be a flyable, first-person spaceship sequence. At that point, it isn't even about controlling your own ungulate anymore; that's a completely different game. We take our eyes off of Coffee Stain for one minute, and suddenly it's making a barnyard Star Citizen.
I don't know, maybe this is what Goat Simulator has always been. But it feels like Waste of Space is branching out past its "look, this goat can grab things with its floppy tongue" sense of humor, and maybe into being an actual... game?Probably crazy talk, but we'll find out either way when the DLC launches on Steam tomorrow.
Just when you thought Goat Simulator [official site] couldn’t get any stranger, eh? Beyond the basic premise itself, the parkour update, the MMO spin, GoatZ, the I Am Bread collaboration, the PayDay 2 crossover…deep breath…the latest expansion is taking the bleating blighter on a journey into outer space. Well of course it is.
Goat Simulator’s Waste of Space expansion is out tomorrow.
Remember that New Super Secret DLC trailer for Goat Simulator we (well, some of us) got a laugh out of back in early December? Now we know what it's all about: Overkill's heist game Payday 2 is coming to Goat Simulator.
Wait! I hear you exclaim. Didn't we read about this already? No, you did not, I reply: What you read about was a Goat Simulator mode that, for reasons I don't entirely understand, is being added to Payday 2. This is similarly strange but flows in the opposite direction by adding a team of four goats—although it actually appears to be one goat, plus a flamingo, a camel (not a horse!), and a dolphin in a wheelchair—who pick up missions from Pranknet, the static contract database, and then earn money by pulling them off.
If pranks aren't your thing (and by prank, I assume the developers mean running around breaking stuff), you may opt for freeform smash-and-grabs instead: Hogtie people with cable ties, hijack their cars, or even race your own Space Cars, just like in that movie with Charlize Theron. You can use your ill-gotten gains to buy masks, or blow it at the Mahatma Gambling Casino. You'll also have the opportunity to unlock new, even dumber stuff, like the Canon, which may or may not be intentionally spelled with one n, or a burger.
Goat Simulator: Payday will apparently go live tomorrow (the Steam link is here but not active yet), which is also when the Payday 2: Goat Simulator mode will kick off, and will cost $5/ 5. In the meantime, you can dig into the details at goatpayday.com.