In what seems to be the latest weird decision in a long line of weird decisions from Payday 2 developer Overkill, the developer has announced that they are teaming up with the creators of Goat Simulator to bring items and a new heist themed after the physics sandbox-turned-meme to the cold, hard world of bank robbery. Because that horse isn’t quite dead yet.
This addon, which is exclusive to the PC and will set you back for $6.99, adds a new Goat Simulator themed heist to the game, as well as a new shotgun, 4 melee weapons, 4 new masks your characters can wear, 4 patterns, 4 materials, 5 achievements and 2 new songs by Payday composer Simon Viklund.
The new heist will have players extract goats whose bellies are filled with packages of cocaine from a building, after which the players have to obtain the illicit drugs from the stomachs of the goats. You can find all the details on the official webpage for the crossover.
The community’s response to this was lukewarm at best, and cold at the worst. On the official fan subreddit, players have expressed their surprise at this being the newest addition to the game, saying that this light-hearted approach to the game’s overall serious content is questionable at best.
The popularity of Goat Simulator and that game’s tendency to pop up in other games like I Am Bread seems to be the reason why Overkill is deciding to implement some elements into their own game, but the timing makes it seem like this may be an attempt to fix the broken community after they implemented microtransactions into their game last year, which they ended up amending to make the stat boosts available to any weapon in the game. Whether this will be a step on the way to repair consumer relations is anyone’s guess at this point. It’s mostly just a little weird. Payday 2 also has a 25% bonus experience event going on now, which you can take advantage off until the 21st of this month.
What? I honestly I have no idea why they thought this was a good idea. The Goat Simulator joke wasn’t really all that funny to begin with, and it certainly doesn’t do the joke any favors by finding its way into games that don’t share even the most tangential link to the simulator parody.