Steam Workshop is Valve’s open marketplace for environmental additions and asset packs to SteamVR Home, the VR landing spot for users who play games through SteamVR. Now counted among Valve’s many self-built Home environments is a charming little alien dairy farm that ostensibly was created to spark the imaginations of casual users and developers alike.
Dubbed the ‘Gulping Goat’, the fully-roboticized and automated space farm is now available for exploration in SteamVR Home. The map includes an asset pack with several of the items found in Gulping Goat, including a fun mix of space and farm-themed props, and sounds.
Teleporting around the farm, it strikes me again just how capable Valve has become as a VR studio in its own right. With many areas to explore and a few little robot NPCs going about their jobs, it’s easy to see the little farm becoming the jumping off point for a grand adventure, or even a humble farm simulator. Although even just as a showpiece for Valve artists’ talent, it’s an impressive little addition to SteamVR Home all on its own.
To date, Valve has produced only a few larger-scale VR creations, including The Lab and a VR viewer for Dota 2. We’re still waiting on the company’s promised three full VR games, which was confirmed to still be in production by HTC’s Dan O’Brien late last year.
While not a monolithic creation (it’s a large, but singular area), Gulping Goat is another great example of the sort of curious, well-realized set pieces and virtual objects the studio is capable of.
For more info on how to subscribe to Workshop homes and assets, check out Valve’s the guide here.