Geoff Keighley’s Summer season Sport Fest ended yesterday with a little bit of a plop. There have been some fascinating bulletins, together with a June 16 launch date for TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, however The Geoffening was largely overshadowed by the smaller Day of the Devs presentation that instantly adopted. Nonetheless, Keigh3—or no matter we’re calling it—had one reveal that was each complicated and hilarious. It was for Espresso Stain Studios’ Goat Simulator 3, which recreated a zombified Useless Island 2 trailer to fairly actually troll everybody watching the published. Once more.
Initially launched in April 2014, Goat Simulator is a wacky, third-person, physics-based motion recreation the place you management a goat and wreak havoc on the denizens of the sport’s world. It’s bonkers in one of the simplest ways potential: a meme recreation that allows you to stretch the goat’s limbs or strap a jetpack to its again or any variety of different stupidly insane shenanigans. The sport’s been ported to simply about each console however hadn’t acquired a direct sequel till Sizzling Geoff Summer season, the place Espresso Stain skipped a second entry for Goat Simulator 3.
The world premiere trailer for Goat Simulator 3—severely, what occurred to Goat Simulator 2?—opened with Geoff standing on a digitized seaside, saying this can be a “sequel we’ve all been anticipating for a very long time.” Earlier than attending to the reveal, he made a number of extra misdirecting statements, claiming we “don’t need to get bitten” and that we lastly have an replace after “a few years of rumors.” Geoff then minimize to the sport’s trailer, which confirmed a runner in all white taking a brisk jog on a really sunny boardwalk. He turned up his music and stretched earlier than beginning. He pointed to a rollerblading lady, who gave him the thumbs down earlier than getting headbutted by a goat. He even continued operating, completely oblivious to the mayhem round him.
Like, come on. That is the Useless Island 2 trailer from hella way back. In case you forgot, Deep Silver revealed the extremely anticipated zombie survival sequel throughout Sony’s E3 2014 presentation. The trailer is far the identical, with a runner in all white jogging on what seems to be California’s Santa Monica Pier. He’s clearly been bitten by a zombie and chooses to spend his closing moments operating till the an infection catches as much as him. The trailer ends with the runner jogging alongside a zombie horde earlier than getting splattered.
People regrettably fell for Goat Simulator 3‘s trolling. Because the Summer season Sport Fest livestream was occurring, many took to social media to express excitement on the considered Dead Island 2 finally making a comeback after almost a decade of absence just for that hype to devolve into dismay. Some praised Espresso Stain Studios for the “godlike” bait-and-switch, whereas others had been very disappointed to learn it wasn’t Useless Island 2.
Kotaku reached out to Espresso Stain and Deep Silver for remark.
This ain’t Espresso Stain Studios’ first time copying a Useless Island trailer both. When Goat Simulator was first launched, the developer dropped a launch video that parodied the OG Useless Island’s announcement trailer. It featured slow-motion gameplay footage of a goat crashing by means of a constructing after being catapulted from an exploding fuel station. It appears to me that Espresso Stain isn’t simply enjoying us but in addition Deep Silver, since Useless Island 2‘s improvement has been so precarious it’s switched studios a number of occasions already. Deep Silver has been comparatively quiet relating to the long-awaited zombie survival recreation, so perhaps Espresso Stain is equally interested by it. Apparently, Useless Island 2’s nonetheless in improvement. Perhaps.
Goat Simulator 3 launches on PC, PlayStation consoles, and Xbox Collection methods this fall. Sadly, I can’t say the identical factor about Useless Island 2.