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Goat Simulator's DLC parodying Mass Effect, Star Wars launches on PS4 next week

Janky open-world adventure Goat Simulator gets a sci-fi expansion on PlayStation 4 next week.

Waste of Space skewers Star Trek, Star Wars and - topically - Mass Effect, with nods to Force Awakens and Next Generation wrapped up in a Mass Effect 1 design aesthetic.

The add-on initially arrived for PC back in May 2016. It launches next week for PS4 just after Mass Effect Andromeda touches down.

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Goat Simulator goes to space in new expansion due tomorrow

Goat Simulator goes to space in new expansion due tomorrow

In space, no one can hear you cream.

Goat Simulator shoots for the stars tomorrow in its upcoming sci-fi expansion Waste of Space.

Due on PC, iOS, Android and Amazon, Waste of Space was developed by Gone North Games, who made the previous Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ. This latest expansion is set in deep space where you crowdfund a colony, then get everyone else to make it for you. Then you wreck havoc on it, because you're an insane goat.

Gone North Games called Waste of Space "The biggest map in goat simulator history, filled to the brim with all kinds of crazy".

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Shaking off accusations of YouTube bait

After Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread, Bossa spreads its wings.

In April 2013 superstar YouTuber PewDiePie played Surgeon Simulator, a game about clumsily performing operations, and made a video about it. It's had 11.5m views.

Goat Simulator free MMO expansion riffs off World of Warcraft

Goat Simulator developer Coffee Stain Studios has revealed a second free expansion - this time adding a new MMO mode that sends up World of Warcraft.

Goat Simulator owners will be able to download the Goat MMO Simulator DLC for free via Steam from this Thursday, 20th November.

The first footage, below, shows off lots of goats in a typical fantasy MMO setting.

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Goat Simulator's disturbing lore finally explained

In heaven, everything is fine. In limbo, there are rambunctious goats.

If you thought Goat Simulator's suburban setting was just a ramshackle playground for an adorable animal get into all sorts of glitchy, physics-based mayhem, you'd be wrong. It turns out that this chaotic realm of mischievous mammals and jetpacks has a far more sinister purpose: it's purgatory.

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Ewe you kidding? Find out from 5pm BST.

Hello ewe! Goat Simulator is an actual, real thing that's coming out, fittingly enough, on April Fool's Day (that'd be tomorrow, fool), and a damn fine thing is too. Dan Whitehead had a proper look for us earlier on to see what he could goat-se, and it turns out there's more to Coffee Stain Studio's quick-fire effort than a throwaway joke. Although only slightly more.

Goat Simulator review

Goat Simulator review

Ram upgrade.

It's a joke, of course. Goat Simulator's very existence is a sort of self-fulfilling meta-prank, in which a spoof idea proved so popular that Swedish indie developer Coffee Stain Studios decided it should make it a reality. But how funny the joke is ultimately depends on you.

The game's main stroke of genius is its choice of animal anti-hero. Goats are, let's face it, the perfect protagonists for a farmyard riff on GTA. Sociopathic gluttons with weird horizontal eyes who solve every problem by headbutting it, goats are the arseholes of the animal kingdom and ideal for a game in which mindless destruction is your primary goal.

Controlling your caprine avatar is simple enough. Movement is, rather amusingly, third-person shooter style, leading to the unusual sight of a quadruped animal strafing sideways. You can also jump to a limited height, and also sprint - which manifests as a gamboling bound or that weird bum-dragging thing that dogs do on carpets. Another button lets out a bleat, just because.

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Goat Simulator's launch trailer is a work of cinematic genius

Remember the Dead Island reveal trailer? Man, that had everything! Drama, tragedy, violence, a melancholy piano ballad, reverse slow-mo. But there was one thing it didn't have: goats! Now Goat Simulator is here to fix this by recreating Deep Silver's famous trailer the way it should have been, as it reveals the shocking final moments of the life of the greatest (*whelp*) goat who ever lived: the Goat Simulator goat.

For the uninitiated, Goat Simulator began as a joke game by Swedish developer Coffee Stain Studios, but the indie dev decided to release a spruced up version of it due to popular demand. In a hilariously subversive marketing pitch, Coffee Stain promises "millions of bugs."

"We're only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we're keeping it," the studio boasted on Goat Simulator's Steam page. The goal of the game is simply to wreck as much stuff as possible, while dedicated users can craft their own missions, maps, game modes, and even goats then upload them via Steam Workshop.

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Billy Goats Gruff! Goat Simulator has a release date

And then my heart stopped - Goat Simulator has a release date! 1st April, appropriately enough.

Under the weight of internet popularity, Swedish developer Coffee Stain Studios was forced to turn a videoed prototype of the game - which features a goat hilariously wrecking things - into an actual game.

"OKAY INTERNET YOU WIN, IT LOOKS LIKE GOAT SIMULATOR IS OUR NEXT IP," capitulated the developer at the time.

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