Goat Simulator is an open-world sandbox where players control a goat in a third-person perspective causing havoc and destruction throughout a small town. In the words of the developers:
Goat Simulator was inspired from skating games made 10-15 years ago. The idea is that, instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff.
The game was made available for a pre-order on Steam early access in late March, with a official release on April 1st, 2014.
Goat Simulator had first started off as a joke between the developers at Coffee Stain Studios. After developing their amateurish game, they decided to upload their creation to YouTube. The developers admitted that this was not going to be their next IP within the video description by saying "we're just playing around a bit with programming stuff, this is not our next big IP, calm yourselves journalists." Shortly after the video surfaced, the internet, journalists, gaming industry peers, and YouTuber PewDiePie pressured the studio to finish and release the game. Eventually, Coffee Stain Studios gave in to the Internet's demands, and announced that Goat Simulator would be released on Steam with Workshop support. changing the description on the popular alpha footage to "EDIT: NEVERMIND ITS A REAL GAME NOW".
The final product is not much different from what was seen in the initial video, and is still rather broken, which was the developers' intent:
We won’t be expanding the game for years and bloating it, we want to keep it small, weird and stupid.
Instead of fixing the bugs that make the simulation so silly, they focused on "making the stuff around Goat Simulator work well", like leaderboards and mod support. There's no online multiplayer component due to fact that most of the physics would need to be removed for it to function properly, removing the entire point of the game in the process. Despite their initial comment that they wouldn't be "bloating" the game with updates, it has in fact been expanded several times, adding local multiplayer for two players, as well as new features, new items, and a new map consisting of a downtown area with a carnival in it.
The official launch trailer, riffing on this infamous Dead Island trailer, was uploaded to YouTube on March 26, 2014.