Never Forget: Farming Simulator 2013 Release Date

Crop horror.
It’s important for us to remember that Farming Simulator 2013 comes out next week. Yes, this really is the the month for all the important releases that battle for your attention, and it’s hard to see how games from Arkane or Firaxis can really hope to compete with combine harvesters and some kind of potato-gathering machine.

Farming Simulator 2013 will be released on the 25th of October. It will, for the first time, introduce chickens and sheep to the arsenal of farmyard meat featured in the game. Let’s all try to remain calm until then. Put some soothing music on, make some herbal tea. There’s really no point in thinking about it too much. Needless to say, if you do want to make the wait more unbearable, there’s a trailer of the game in action below, showing off all the new open-world farming possibilities. It’s really something.

Why is that smoke being sucked into that chimney at 0:21?


  1. NimbusLaw says:

    Oh yes! Finally coming out!
    *ironic mode off*
    Who plays these games? Why are they putting so much effort in doing this “games”?

    • Gaytard Fondue says:

      Interesting side note, the games modding community is huge. The most popular German site has 120k members, 17k mods and almost 240 million downloads.

      • jmexio says:

        A mod for this featuring Jeremy Clarkson would be BRILLIANT, hehe.

    • Tyrone Slothrop. says:

      Apparently they’re quite big in Germany where prohibitive guidelines induce a preference for adventure titles and games such as this. Plus I imagine you have many world-weary and middle-aged divorcees… rendered sexless by the cruel, hard loneliness of their lives, as pain falls drop by drop upon the heart whose arterial tunnels thin irresistibly to an early reprieve, wondering aimlessly through fluorescent atmospheres, a sublime mediocrity rendered upon the containing, hermetic, suffocating walls, to arrive… unexceptionally at first and then desperate, feebly gazing upon a symbol… forged from man’s plastic genius and malice. Farming Simulator 2013®.

    • Aemony says:

      It’s called a Simulator for a reason. While simulators and games might at times overlap, most of the time they don’t. What people look for and expect in a simulator differs from what people look for and expect in generic games. Most of the simulators aren’t meant to serve an entertainment purpose primary as games do, but more of an educational/experience/casual purpose.

      • pendergraft says:

        In my middle school shop class they hadn’t got in any of the machines one needs to actually have a shop class, so we were herded into a computer lab with multiple stations that we would rotate to. One had one of those old rolling handheld scanners. Another had AutoCAD. The crown jewel was the one with a mounted flight sim yoke and a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator ’98. The shop teacher went around introducing us to each station, and, at this particular station, I, for reasons unknown to me, decided to ask a question. A friend had recently received a Gateway PC and it had come with this little binder full of video games and programs, one of which was FS ’98. I noted that the computers in the lab were all Gateways. So I asked: “Did that game come with the computer?” Perhaps I thought somewhere in the school was a closet stuffed full of these little binders, and maybe, just maybe I could get one of them.

        He looked at me like I had just taken a soiled pair of underwear out of my pocket and sniffed them enjoyably. “I don’t know,” he said. “But it’s not a game.” He said “game” the way one might say “malaria.” He wanted to stress that it wasn’t a “game,” that it should never, under any circumstances, be treated as a “game.” That it was, in fact, a simulator. Says it, says he, right there, in the title. Microsoft Flight *Simulator.*

        How wonderful it would have been if Microsoft Studios had at that time already changed its name to Microsoft Game Studios. I’d have had a zinger in the wings.

        • FKD says:

          I find this actually quite funny! My middle school shop class, while we had the machines, also had a random computer lab hidden in the back and on those machines…Flight Simulator 95! We didn’t have a fancy control setup though. But it was my first time ever playing a flight sim and I was absolutely thrilled and thought it was one of the coolest things ever! It was also my first time playing SimCity, and really I guess..between those two it was my first real experience at PC gaming beyond the handful of games we had for my childhood Apple IIe and the Carmen Sandiego we had on the Mac my parents decided to get us (which then kind of precluded being able to do anything else..probably what their plan was..).

        • Henson says:

          Our shop class had a flight simulator, too. We had to land the plane or get a failing grade.

    • Alexrd says:

      What’s wrong with playing and/or putting effort in doing these games?

      And obviously they put so much effort in making these games because there is demand for them. Next time, respect other people gaming choices. Nobody questions yours either.

    • Loque says:

      To be fair, this looks much more interesting, deep and “engaging” than something like Farmville. And if you think about the insane amount of people who plays Facebook games… It’s also a good tool for kids, in my opinion, as they can learn a lot of stuff of the “farm-country” world. Did you know than most of the civilized children don’t know where the meat comes from, when they go to the supermarket?

    • Pindie says:

      Well, I once spoke to a guy who was a British Marine, he said they would spend their free time at the mission playing VBS2 (simulation software with units and exact terrain replica), then he returned home and all he played was ArmA2 with couple of mods and BAF DLC.

      By extension I am willing to bet Farming Simulators are played by farmers, when they have nothing left to do at the RL fields.

  2. x1501 says:

    The fan is ecstatic:
    link to

  3. Arclight says:

    It’s the perfect game to relax with whenever you’re in a fowl mood.

    • x1501 says:

      A true gamer relaxes with something like this:

      link to

      Edit: crop, misread and didn’t notice the pun.

      • zbmott says:

        Oh, it looks like Jamestown.

      • devlocke says:

        Does anyone ever play games like this with an eye towards the lowest score possible at the end? Like, avoiding all multipliers, and only killing the bare minimum to survive? That guy’s score has 13 digits in it. I feel like beating the game with a final score with only like, four digits or something, would probably be an amazing accomplishment. Does a low-score scene exist?

    • mandrill says:

      But they’re really milking the franchise.

      (you must be new x1501, we’ll let you off this time ;D)

    • DecsterB says:

      Personally, I find it a bit seedy.

    • DiamondDog says:

      I wasn’t sure, but after watching that trailer I think it looks clucking amazing.

    • Crescend says:

      I can’t blame them for wanting to rake in on the success of farmville.

      • Morph says:

        I can’t believe how many types of farming they’ve managed to combine.

      • Alexrd says:

        What? The Farming Simulator games already existed way before Farmville.

    • MrLebanon says:

      I utterly can’t wait to get my hands on this fine product

    • Orontes says:

      A-maize-ing. I feel like ploughing through the rest of the series.

    • Low Life says:

      As far as farm simulators go, the Farming Simulator series really is the cream of the crop. I’m fairly sure I’ll be able to reap hundreds of hours of entertainment from this.

      • jrodman says:

        Yeah, I’m impressed with what they’ve managed to produce. I haven’t read much about the plot though; I wonder if they give the player stuff that’s tough to field.

    • LeMonde says:

      Talk about gamefowl. Udder cock and bull.

    • Safewood says:

      This will definately raise the barn planted last year.

    • identiti_crisis says:

      Clearly the farming theme is a fertile ground for good punnery.

  4. mmalove says:

    It just doesn’t hold up to the pen & paper version, imo
    /sarcasm off

    • Alexander says:

      Well, the PnP version has geese instead of chicken, but it really depends on how they balance them. Also, if they bring geese back in the Farmer’s Daughter DLC everything should be ok. Anyway, strong challenger for game of the year.

      • The Random One says:

        Okay, I know we’re all taking the piss here, but a PnP farming simulation without chickens is just not believable. I demand internally consistent jokes!

  5. EPICTHEFAIL says:

    So, another exciting… oh, wait, Farming Simulator. Who the hell plays this? And why does the trailer look like an intro for a Discovery Channel show?

  6. Manac0r says:

    There was actually a pricing error on Steam when this first appeared. £4.99 so me and bunch of other people picked it up. The plan is to get amazingly drunk, and race tractors and other farming shenanigans. I think there at least 15 of us ready for launch. Maybe more…

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      Well, if you preorder, you get a Lamborgini R6 135, so that could help you win the race I guess?

      • x1501 says:

        Driving Lamborghini’s latest fantasy tractor at its max speed of 25 miles per hour, with your fancy cowboy hat on and your overalls pockets full of sweet farming subsidy cash. . . It sure is a helluva way to impress the ladies, I tell ya.

  7. Killercheese says:

    The music reminds me of The Sims music…how rare.

  8. pakoito says:

    At least it makes one of my favorite youtube videos:

    Farming Simulator Mad Skill | No Plow | 360 Crop Rotation | link to

    • SominiTheCommenter says:

      Took waaay too long for this video to appear. I am disappointed with RPS commenters today.

      • stupid_mcgee says:

        The whole entire series of “MLG XXX 420” videos are hilarious! MLG Trainz Simulator, son! Off da railz!!!!1 Pr0 snuggletruck 1v1!!! The satire is so spot-on it’s almost frightening when you find a video and you can’t quite tell if they’re being serious or not.

        For example, this is for real. This is actually a serious montage that these vids are satirizing. link to

      • mooken says:

        Especially with “Never Forget” in the RPS article title, I thought there would have been an embedded video in the article itself.

    • felisc says:

      ahah, this is quite good.

  9. Slinkyboy says:

    Gonna wait for GOTY edition with all the DLC in it.

  10. asshibbitty says:

    What is this, you can’t kill people in this?! What about zombies or aliens, or can you at least tell someone to shoot them, I’m freaking out here.

    • Beelzebud says:

      You play as The Combine, and your mission is to harvest entire fields of living plants, in what only can be described as genocide on a mass scale. No other game comes close to the massacre you’re going to experience in this one.

  11. tomek says:

    I liked the part with the cock.

  12. dannyroth says:

    GOTY, calling it ahead of time. Be sure you preorder and get the season pass so you get all the DLC. I heard the day one DLC lets you customize your barn with pictures of animals.

  13. Mo says:


    • mooken says:

      The AUGMENTED 360 ROTATION edition would actually make for a great MMOSim.

  14. hamburger_cheesedoodle says:

    Watched this while listening to the Quake III Arena soundtrack (Was on Track 02 – Deathmatch, to be specific) and I have to say, it was quite good! Really got my blood pumping and excited for farming action.

  15. Sadraukar says:

    It’s good to see one game that’s not going F2P or social on us, EA be damned!

  16. yanko44 says:

    oh yeah… gonna play this on iron man mode…

  17. CaptainVolcanoes says:

    I must say, I dislike this type of er.. Game. And have regularly been one to take the piss of such things, I can’t help but praise it for pushing the boundaries in terms of what it’s trying to accomplish.

    I’m starting to think I shouldn’t really laugh and demean things like these, I respect the fact that the developer isn’t going out of their way trying to appease the masses, creating the next game in a series of stale and repetitive shooters/social games just so they can get that cut of profit from an easily pleased mass of drones.

    Yeah, I’m not going to buy it, that’s for sure. But I can’t help smiling at the fact that even these days, these types of companies still exist, still giving the consumer a broad choice in regards to how they spend their free time.

  18. Gira says:

    Why is RPS so hostile to these things? I’ve never played one, but in an age where the vast majority of mainstream videogames are effectively a series of cutscenes and scripted sequences with absolutely no underlying systemic interactions, isn’t this kind of thing a rose among the thorns?

    I’d rather be seen playing this than some turgid adolescent barely-interactive crap like Spec Ops.

    • Alexrd says:

      I don’t get it either. The only farming simulator I’ve ever played was SimFarm, and it was quite good.

      /sarcasm on
      But hey, let’s joke about this type of game and judge it because it’s cool and it’s not part of my gaming choices.
      /sarcasm off

  19. MD says:

    What kind of loser freak wants to play a simulation that doesn’t involve car racing, aeroplanes, or murder??

    • MD says:

      Serious post: looks pretty, at least in a small youtube window. And I like the animal animations. Can’t see there being much of a game there to interest me, but seriously, if we’re going to judge people by their taste in games (hint: probably not a great idea) I really don’t think Farming Simulator players are the ones who deserve scorn.

  20. SkittleDiddler says:

    I’d rather play this than fucking Modern Warfare, I’ll tell you all that much.

  21. drewski says:

    When I was a kid my Dad created a fake profile on his farm management software so I could play with managing a farm. That was in about 4 colours, I had to look in a binder to get the right inputs for all the different crops, do a correct rotation, enter yields, harvest prices and various other crap. I was enthralled by it.

    So I guess what I’m saying is…how good is the management model in this? I’m, erm, asking for a friend of mine…

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  23. Nate says:

    Too soon!

  24. crinkles esq. says:

    In the exciting story of Animal Farm Simulator 2013, you play as Coggy McBarnes, a quiet rooster who finds himself at odds with human oppressors. In the face of abuse and animal murder, will you rise up with your animal comrades and liberate your four-legged friends? How far will you go? Will you cock-a-doodle-doo your way to a new day?


  25. Stackler says:

    I think it looks better than Far Cry 3.

  26. Stackler says:

    Now all the basement nerds can finally plow something.

  27. Big Daddy Dugger says:

    There’s less farming in this game than in WoW and people play that, right?