'Goat Simulator' dated for spring following online buzz

"Goat Simulator" transitions from pet project into retail product (All rights reserved - Coffee Stain Studios)

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It's got PewDiePie's seal of approval (along with the rest of the Internet's) and is heading for release at some point over the next three months.

2014 is shaping up to be a good year for fans of quirky farm animal games, with a sequel to Xbox 360 and PC hit Escape Goat due this month, a herd of pigs now tactically inserted into BroForce, and crazed chickens rumoured for future Rust updates.

And encouraged by a swell of internet excitement, Goat Simulator is now no longer an experimental project but a full game project headed for the Steam Store -- though its $10 US pre-order does come with a disclaimer.

"It was made in a couple of weeks so don't expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats," advises Coffee Stain Studios on the sim's official site -- and at first glance, with its varied environments, irreverent humour, and expansive backdrop, that GTA comparison is easy enough to make.

But the team is eager to maintain a tight focus on what its game does best, keeping the core gameplay "small and silly" and aiming to "make you laugh for an hour or something."

It's not just about that first hour, though, as enthusiastic players can make their own fun. Steam Workshop support means that people will be able to put together their own levels and share them with friends and strangers alike.

Goat Simulator Pre-Order Trailer: youtu.be/JN2QUhaKN2Q
Facebook page: facebook.com/GoatSimulator


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