Goat Simulator 3 Coffee Stain North developer ended up under the thumb of Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two after posting an ad for an open-world destruction simulator using footage from this year Grand Theft Auto VI Leakage.
The video has been since then removed from video platform after a copyright claim, but people who were able to see the video before it was taken down (thanks, Eurogamer) said the ad featured a character named Shaun, who was being interviewed about working on Goat Simulator 3 and bragging about his skills in ragdoll physics animation.
However, the video changed direction when Shaun talked about the work he did outside Goat Simulator 3, to which he said, “I have other things in the pipeline, other big game worlds. You can actually see me in some footage that was leaked a few months ago. Followed by an edited clip of Grand Theft Auto VI Leakage. Take-Two clearly didn’t like this and has since removed the offending video from the internet.
This has always been the natural conclusion of things, and now the ad isn’t even viewable anywhere Coffee Stain North has posted. With that said, it wouldn’t be surprising if the studio foresaw this and was looking for a way to get it Goat Simulator 3 a little holiday buzz. I mean, we’re writing about it here because it suddenly became noticeable, right? The game is now a little over a month old, having launched for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S in November, but outside of the sickest of the goats, it doesn’t have much of a background noise. Previously, the series mentioned other games in its ads, such as Goat Simulator 3.’s original announcement trailer but parody Dead Island 2 announcement trailer back in June.
We have reached out to both Coffee Stain North and Take-Two for comment on the situation.
The Grand Theft Auto VI The leak happened back in September and is an unprecedented first look at one of the most anticipated games in the media. However, Take-Two wasn’t thrilled and was adamant about get as much from the internet as possibleeven go as far as lock feedback on social networks so people cannot share or discuss the leak on its social channels. We went through all the leaked footage and compiled some interesting bits that you can read right here.