Checks calendar. Okay, it’s not April 1. Checks Steam. There’s definitely a store page for it. I guess this is really happening.
I don’t really know what to make of this. It’s like when shows do a crossover episode, except in this case The In-Betweeners showed up to do a comedic crossover episode with Black Mirror. The tone is just all over the map. (Did I do an okay job pandering to you Brits? I hope so.)
First let’s go over the new Payday heist. Creatively titled “Payday 2: The Goat Simulator Heist,” the down-and-dirty description on Steam reads as follows:
“When the Payday gang were ordered by Vlad to intercept a truck carrying cocaine, they expected to act as clean-up and collect the goods. Easy peasy. Or at least that’s what they thought. But as they arrive on the scene and see the crashed truck, there is no cocaine packages in sight… only goats… and chaos…”
In addition to the central two-day mission, the Goat Simulator Heist also introduces a new shotgun, four melee weapons, four goat masks, new patterns, materials, and achievements. It looks silly. If you want to round up some cocaine-eating goats, you can purchase the Payday 2: Goatstravaganza here for £4.99. As ever, only hosts need own the DLC for the whole crew to join them on the heist.
Don’t mix it up with the new Goat Simulator DLC, which is (conversely) Payday 2-themed. That one can be found here for £3.99. In Goat Simulator: Payday you can play as a flamingo named Valentino Salami or a dolphin in a wheelchair, if you want an idea of the tone. But you shouldn’t need an idea of the tone, because it’s Goat Simulator. Even if you’ve literally never heard of the game before, the title should give away the joke. From Steam:
“Beat people up and take their money—use your goat crew to smash & grab, then blast away all your money at Mahatma Gambling, the Indian casino—just like in that Al Cappuccino movie.”
Also you can steal cars now.
To be honest I think Goat Simulator got the better part of this deal. Nobody’s complaining that a new Payday DLC “ruins” Goat Simulator, and I actually think Coffee Stain makes some decent (albeit low-hanging) send-ups of this industry. Payday 2 on the other hand…well, after the whole microtransactions mess I’m not surprised that community is a bit touchy.