Another year, another onslaught of April Fools' Day jokes courtesy of the video game industry. As always, some are good, and some are cringe-inducingly bad. For example:
- Capcom's masterful Dog Ace Attorney.
- Corsair's slightly crude new mouse
- Think Geek's Steam Machine. (literally)
- Hearthstone's latest patch notes.
- Dying Light's actual April Fools'-only changes.
Here's the best of the rest, from an Angry Birds/FarmVille mashup to a Tekken game with 700-plus playable characters. We'll continue to update this article throughout the day with the best and worst of what we find.
Harmonix reimagined their dance franchise as a playable dating sim (you'll need the Unity player plug-in). Unlike real life, there seems to be no way to screw up your dream date, whomever you’re paired with from the Dance Central cast.
WORLD OF TANKS: TANKS ON THE MOON
One of the few legit pranks cooking today. Wargaming says that from April 3 to April 5, players of World of Tanks will get a "special lunar version of the M-24 Chaffee" tank in their garage, and they can drive it around the "Moon River" map, where gravity is 1/6th that of Earth. This is like the World of Tanks equivalent of dancing hippopotami. The tanks also have awesome fast-loading lazer weapons.
PlayStation, which in 2007 brought you fl0w, now brings you "PlayStation Flow," a joke that takes forever to get to the punchline.
DAIGO UMEHARA'S CHALLENGE TO BE AN ACCOUNTANT!
Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara, who gave us the greatest comeback in fighting games' history, has found a new calling.
Not coming this summer to devices worldwide is Agri Birds, a spinoff where "Resource management meets visual novel meets point-and-click survival horror meets your face in the latest Angry Birds title from Rovio Entertainment."
D5: DARK DREAMS DON'T DIE WITH DEADLY PREMONITION
This ain't happening, but it'd still be pretty rad to see the notably eccentric developer Swery combine his just-as-eccentric games Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die into one bizarre super universe. Turkey, strawberry jam, and cereal sandwiches for everyone!
As it stands, the image below is the closest we'll get today.
HANAKO - SOUL OF THE SAMURAI PILLOW FIGHTS
This is weird … and strangely cute. Developer +Mpact Games is looking to fund Hanako — Soul of the Samurai on Kickstarter. With 21 days remaining in the crowdfunding campaign, the developer has raised $6,233 of its $70,000 goal.
Yesterday, +Mpact announced a new mode: samurai pillow fights. And there's no indication of that mode on the Kickstarter page, which sure seems to indicate that it's a joke. And probably not a bad way to raise awareness of the game you want to build.
You can check out the "revolutionary new game mode" below, in which samurais find themselves "fighting for honor before bedtime." It's dumb. And, again, oddly cute.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: CHESS
Do not let your employees drink energy drinks around expensive equipment, because that could cause extreme … chess?
That's the setup of a post on the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League site, which regrets to inform viewers that, instead of streaming the game, it'll be streaming chess. We're pulling for a stalemate, which will be settled by a game of handball.
"Tonight’s broadcast will begin from 6PM AEDT at www.twitch.tv/riotgamesoceania starting with the pre-recorded side choice of white versus black," the post reads.
It's trying to be funny, but we take our chess very seriously around, here, thank you very much.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: NEW ULTRA RAPID FIRE MODE
This one gets its charm from its story, which involves a new game mode and more spilled energy drink.
As Riot was uploading the features, "disaster" struck.
"Around midnight on the east coast, a powerful surge thundered through our upload servers," a post on the North American League of Legends site reads. "Despite the disruption of even the security cameras during the incident, we were able to determine that a boisterous celebration of the upload’s success was interrupted when an energy drink upended over the upload terminal."
It's no coincidence that the initials for the new mode spell NURF, which sounds a lot like "nerf," which, hey, April Fools!
The best part of the whole thing might be the comments, which begins with "RITO PLS." Straight to the point.
TEKKEN X LORD OF VERMILION
Bandai Namco and Square Enix will not, in fact, team up for a fighting game that features 765 playable fighters, despite what a fake Japanese language website for Tekken X Lord of Vermilion claims. Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada and developer Yuichi Tanzawa are in on the prank, filling their Twitter accounts with (fake) excitement.