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Goat Simulator dev: Multiplayer will 'open a lot of new doors for modders'

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Goat Simulator developer Coffee Stain Studios expects that the upcoming addition of a split-screen option to the game will turn the mod community loose on creating multiplayer content, said game designer Armin Ibrisagic in an interview with Polygon.

Ibrisagic announced yesterday that Coffee Stain is bringing split-screen multiplayer to Goat Simulator with the game's next update, patch 1.1, which is scheduled to be released in mid-May. The company said earlier that online multiplayer isn't possible because the title's physics engine can't be synchronized across multiple computers. Instead, the split-screen mode will feature support for two to four local players in co-op play. According to Ibrisagic, Coffee Stain is adding multiplayer "simply because so many people asked for it."

The update will introduce a new physics playground that Coffee Stain wants to make "as big and as funny as the vanilla map," said Ibrisagic in an email to Polygon. That effort will entail including Easter eggs and other secrets. One area of interest on the map will be a carnival featuring a Ferris wheel, which can be charged with car batteries and electrical cables "to make it spin really, really fast."

Ibrisagic added that Coffee Stain is making the multiplayer mode "pretty straightforward," but that doesn't mean players will be subject to that limitation once the update is released. Because Goat Simulator includes Steam Workshop support, modders will be able to run free with developing new types of gameplay designed around two to four players.

"I think multiplayer will open a lot of new doors for modders," said Ibrisagic. "We will simply add the possibility for two to four players to play at the same time, but I'd love to see players making mods like goat football, goat hockey, and any other Mario Party-type minigames in the workshop. We won't have time to add any multiplayer-specific maps like that for this patch, but I'm sure split-screen multiplayer will give modders even more fun stuff to work with."

Goat Simulator is now available on Windows PC; Linux and Mac versions are coming soon. For more on Goat Simulator, check out our preview from the 2014 Game Developers Conference, and our Overview video below.

Megan Farokhmanesh contributed to this report.

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