Ah, the Goat Simulator franchise. If you’ve got some friends over and you’re looking for simple, uncomplicated, and ridiculous fun, it’s hard to beat Goat Simulator. Of course, you’re not going to go into these games looking for deep and compelling storytelling, but there’s a straightforward, anarchic joy in watching a goat sail across a sandbox map and collide with a lamppost.
A third Goat Simulator game is due to arrive soon, and if you’re an eagle-eyed gamer, you’ve probably noticed that there was no second Goat Simulator. That’s on purpose; the developers, Coffee Stain, have skipped right over from Goat Simulator to Goat Simulator 3 because that’s the sense of humour these games have. Without further ado, let’s take a look at Goat Simulator 3, when it’s due to release, and more.
The Goat Simulator 3 release date draws near
If you’re wondering when the Goat Simulator 3 release date happens to be, then don’t worry – it’s close. Goat Simulator 3 is launching on November 17th. It’s coming to PC via the Epic Games Store, and it’s also going to be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. There’s no word yet on PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch versions of the game; it’s likely the physics sandbox is a little too complex for last-gen machines to handle it, so don’t expect to be playing Goat Simulator 3 on previous-gen consoles.
Is there a Goat Simulator 3 story?
Let’s face it. Goat Simulator 3 is not Dostoyevsky. You are not going to get rich, complex, and challenging storytelling out of a game where you can strap a jetpack to a goat and attempt to send it into space. As such, there isn’t really a story to speak of, although it’s fair to say that the numerous quests you can pick up around the island of San Angora could all have their own miniature storylines to follow. Still, if you’re looking for a main story mode, Goat Simulator 3 probably isn’t the game you should be looking to.
What Goat Simulator 3 modes will there be?
Again, it’s not really easy to categorise Goat Simulator 3’s gameplay in terms of modes. Essentially, there will be a core sandbox mode in which you (and a group of friends) can terrorise the island of San Angora, but other than that, you’re not going to find too much in the way of variance when it comes to gameplay modes. However, the core Goat Simulator 3 gameplay mode will contain lots of different minigames, challenges, and other features, so it’s not going to be a one-note game. Goat Simulator is well-known for its madcap fun, so expect Goat Sim 3 to continue that trend.
The Goat Simulator 3 trailer is already the stuff of legend
If you tuned in for Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest event this year, then you’ll already know that the Goat Simulator 3 trailer has cemented itself into the stuff of legend. The main announcement trailer is a great spoof of an also-excellent E3 trailer released for Dead Island 2 back in 2014, so while the latter has an oblivious runner failing to notice a zombie apocalypse happening behind him, Goat Simulator 3’s trailer has…well…goat chaos. Goats run rampant throughout the beachfront, attacking passers-by and causing riots, and the runner continues without realising any of it is going on.
Subsequently, a gameplay reveal trailer was unleashed in August this year, showcasing what we can expect from Goat Simulator 3’s bizarre, ridiculous sandbox. As you’d expect if you’ve played the first game, Goat Simulator 3 doesn’t seem to intend to let up when it comes to insanity. The trailer shows goats trotting across the road dressed in crazy outfits, a man having his head inflated, and a pig launching itself into the air on a bouncy castle.
What are some of the Goat Simulator 3 features we can expect?
Discussing Goat Simulator 3 with any degree of seriousness almost feels like doing a disservice to the game, which is completely self-aware regarding its own stupidity. However, it’s still a game, and the game still has to be fun, so here are some of the gameplay features you can expect from Goat Simulator 3.
- Play as a goat. Obviously, you can play as a goat in Goat Simulator 3, which is to say that you have to play as a goat. The only way not to play as a goat is to turn off the game and play something else.
- Unlock goat skins. You can dress your goat up in lots of different ways, from making them taller to changing their markings. You can also add ridiculous adornments to your goats, like toilet rolls, tea trays, and even jetpacks. Get ready to launch yourself across the skies and attempt to become the first goat in space.
- Take on quests for NPCs. Goat Simulator 3 will feature a cast of NPCs for whom you can complete quests. Of course, if you don’t feel like completing quests for them, then you can attach jetpacks to them instead and make them your unwilling space flight guinea pigs.
- Full physics “simulation”. Naturally, Goat Simulator 3 is not the game to go to if you actually want a real, accurate physics simulation, but it does nevertheless have physics, and they’ll almost certainly do whatever is most hilarious in that moment, even if it isn’t what you want or what you’re trying to achieve.
- Co-op. You can take up to three friends into Goat Simulator 3’s world with you in local or online play.
Minigames. As well as the sandbox environment, there are also seven minigames to find and take on in Goat Simulator 3. Just don’t blame Coffee Stain if they make you hate your friends (or vice versa).