Coffee Stain Studios' Goat Simulator is a joke -- depending on your opinion of the game itself, perhaps in more ways than one -- but its developer is taking it surprisingly seriously.
The game will be updated in mid-May to version 1.1. And rather than being a simple bug-fix patch -- Goat Simulator is marketed as being a title in which most of the non-game-breaking bugs have been left in, anyway -- it's actually a significant update more akin to a free piece of DLC than anything else.
There are two main additions to the game in the 1.1 update, the first of which is a new map apparently of equivalent size to the (rather small) base game, and the second of which is split-screen local multiplayer for two to four players. Because of the game's heavy reliance on physics-based interactions, it's impractical to include online multiplayer, so this is the next best thing. Speaking with Polygon, though, Coffee Stain Studios' Armin Ibrisagic said that the new multiplayer mode would open up a ton of new possibilities for modders -- perhaps even allowing for the possibility of mods specifically built around multiplayer play.
Goat Simulator was built with modding in mind and supports Steam Workshop on Valve's platform, with a modest selection of user-generated content already available for the game. It's probably too early to determine whether or not Goat Simulator's modding community is enough to support the joke game after the initial appeal of physics-based objects crashing into each other has worn off, but Coffee Stain Studios certainly appears to be committed to supporting the game, at least for the immediate future.
""A lot of people have been asking for DLC with new maps for Goat Simulator," said Ibrisagic. "We would feel bad charging people for DLC content when people can just download new stuff for free from the Steam Workshop, so we decided to do a free update instead." An admirable approach -- particularly since the most critical reviewers of the game have raised concerns over the price tag for a deliberately broken, unpolished game.
If you're yet to see what Goat Simulator's all about, here's our pals at Eurogamer taking it for a spin: