Goat Simulator 3 follows the series’ tradition of being made entirely for laughs. However, it seems the game’s marketing team has taken its humour too far, as the latest Goat Simulator 3 trailer included illegally obtained GTA 6 footage, resulting in a DMCA takedown from Rockstar Games.
Making fun of other games is a major part of this franchise’s identity, as the game’s first trailer parodied the first Dead Island 2 trailer. That being said, there is a huge difference between parodying a popular trailer and using actual illegally leaked footage from a completely different studio.
If fans haven’t seen the Goat Simulator 3 trailer yet, there’s a good chance they’re never going to see it again. Actual fans of the game can just wait for a new trailer that will probably poke fun at the fact that Take-Two Interactive DMCA’d them.
Twitter user Ben showed off a screenshot from the Goat Simulator account, revealing that the trailer has been removed. Apparently, the video was removed because “in response to a report by the copyright owner,” showing Take-Two’s dirty hands.
The removed trailer included footage from the infamous GTA 6 leak that occurred earlier this year. The leak was the result of a hacker who obtained and recorded multiple builds of the in-development open world sandbox game. As expected, Rockstar Games were not pleased, and many devs were even heartbroken.
Goat Simulator’s idea to incorporate this leaked footage into its trailers is, frankly, bizarre. Considering the litigious nature of GTA publisher 2K and
Fans can try to find it but the Goat Simulator 3 trailer was completely taken down, with no other copies seemingly available. While it wasn’t right to include footage from another company’s game, one can’t help but be curious about what it was like. That’s just the natural effect of lost media, after all.
Obviously, the GTA 6 leak was very bad for Rockstar Games, and we can see why the folks over there would be upset. Keep in mind that this wasn’t an accidental leak done by the devs but stolen footage that wasn’t ready for the public.
Goat Simulator 3 is available now on PS5, Xbox Series, and PC. GTA 6 won’t be available for a while but fans can enjoy GTA 5 and GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.