Goat Simulator

It was a big week for THQ Nordic, which is quietly continuing the process of building itself into something of a mid-tier gaming colossus. The past few days have seen it pick up Wreckfest studio Bugbear Entertainment, and Coffee Stain, the maker of Sanctum, Satisfactory, and, yes, Goat Simulator. It's also now the proud owner of the Expeditions strategy-RPG series, and has announced plans to begin work on a third game (after Conquistadors and Vikings) with original developer Logic Artists. 

The terms of the Bugbear deal weren't disclosed, although THQ Nordic said "the purchase price matches management’s estimated royalty payments to Bugbear during the upcoming three years." THQ Nordic was previously the publisher of Bugbear's Wreckfest, which it said it's been the company's best-performing game on Steam since its full release in June.   

The Coffee Stain deal cost $35 million up front, "plus additional earn-out considerations subject to fulfillment of agreed milestones." 35 mil for Goat Simulator might seem a little steep, but along with ownership of Coffee Stain's own games, it also grants THQ Nordic the publishing rights to Deep Rock Galactic, which is now in Steam Early Access. It will also create "a highly complementary third leg" for the company, with a particular focus on "digital sales, retention, cross platform and multiplayer." 

THQ Nordic obviously isn't in the same league as Activision or EA, but it's kind of fun watching it become the heavyweight of the middleweights. It launched in 2011 as Nordic Games, renamed itself to THQ Nordic for some reason in 2016, and gained real prominence this year with the acquisition of Deep Silver parent Koch Media—giving it ownership of games including Saints Row, Dead Island, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance—and, more recently, through a deal with Microsoft to publish multiple mid-tier games on Steam and in physical formats. 

Goat Simulator

Goat Simulator is an unusual game, not just because it's really bad but because the Steam description warns that it's really bad and actually suggests that people should spend their money on something else, like a hula hoop or a pile of bricks. But now Coffee Stain Studios has a mysterious new project in the works called Satisfactory, and it said that this time it's actually trying really hard to make a decent game. 

The teaser doesn't actually reveal anything about the game (sorry), nor does the threadbare press release that brought it my way. There are hints of something maybe a wee little bit sinister to it, however. The cute little lizard-pupper who's trying to enjoy his lunch appears to have been interrupted by some kind of construction happening behind the camera; there's industrial noise and a spot of what I assume is welding, and then a large-sounding vehicle, like a dump truck, starts up and takes off, close enough to cast a visible shadow on the little guy. 

The game logo suggests something along the same lines, with flora and fauna along the bottom half, smokestacks and power lines across the top. And let us not forget the name: Satisfactory.

It's not much to go on, but it's all we're getting for now. "If I told you more it wouldn't be a teaser now, would it?" Coffee Stain CEO Anton Westbergh said.   

Goat Simulator jokes aside, this will hopefully be—and could be—a good game, or at least a proper one: Goat Sim was a goat rodeo but before that Coffee Stain made the Sanctum FPS/tower defense crossovers, and they were quite decent. More about Satisfactory will be revealed over the coming months, and Coffee Stain is taking signups for an alpha test that may or may not begin in May at satisfactorygame.com.   

Verdun

The Humble Best of 2017 Bundle is—you guessed it—a collection of games from 2017's best bundles. It runs through Tuesday, February 20, and altogether Humble reckons it's $137 worth of games, with the highest tier going for $10. Here's everything you get at each level: 

Pay what you want 

  •  Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location 
  •  Goat Simulator 
  •  Hacknet 

Pay more than the average ($5.57 at the time of writing) 

  •  Verdun 
  •  Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion 
  •  Death Road to Canada 
  •  Turmoil (and the soundtrack)  

Pay $10 or more 

  •  Dead by Daylight 

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SpeedRunners - Valve
The Weird and Wonderful Bundle is now available, offering big discounts on strange and silly games. Bundle Includes:

Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition
Goat Simulator
Human: Fall Flat
Speedrunners
Viscera Cleanup Detail

Goat Simulator - Valve
Play Goat Simulator for free, from now until Sunday at 1pm Pacific Time!

Additionally, save 75% on Goat Simulator as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! WASD to write history.

Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you'll earn even more points! Or you could just give Steam Workshop a spin and create your own goats, levels, missions, and more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

*Discount offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time
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Goat Simulator: Waste of Space, all new content for Goat Simulator is Now Available on Steam! Plus, the base game is 75% off for today's Steam Daily Deal!

Goat simulation is finally leaving the planet where it was once conceived to explore the endless possibilities of space (Though we only had time to explore some of them)

You no longer have to fantasize about colonizing space as a simulated goat. Your dreams have finally come true!

Key features

  • Visit space today or get old waiting for that other space game that you already paid for
  • Crowdfund a space colony and get other people to pay for it and do all the work!
  • Endless space full of planets to visit. but seriously it would take forever to go there so why bother
  • There is one planet nearby though. Go to that one
  • Fly and shoot stuff in space, because nobody makes games about flying and shooting in space anymore
  • Learn how to be a real bridge commander like that spock dude from mars or whatever
  • The biggest map in goat simulator history, filled to the brim with exclusive content. I know PR. Hire me Valve!
  • No crew member will be left unromanced

Goat Simulator

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.

Goat Simulator - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

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.

… [visit site to read more]

Goat Simulator - [CSS] @arminposts


#MakeSpaceGreatAgain.

Joining the space ships and lazer beams bandwagon, Goat Simulator released a brand new expansion titled Waste of Space on the 26th of May. In Waste of Space, you get to beat or trick people into crowdfunding you their hard-earned money, and then spend it on your own dreams of being a space McGyver in space or whatever space nerds do instead of huffing paint in their underwear like normal people.

Here are the features:

- Visit space today or get old waiting for that other space game that you already paid for
- Crowdfund a space colony and get other people to pay for it and do all the work!
- Endless space full of planets to visit. but seriously it would take forever to go there so why bother
- There is one planet nearby though. Go to that one
- Fly and shoot stuff in space, because nobody makes games about flying and shooting in space anymore
- Learn how to be a real bridge commander like that spock dude from mars or whatever
- The biggest map in goat simulator history, filled to the brim with all kinds of crazy
- No crew member will be left unromanced ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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