April Fools games industry joke round-up

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I flew Christian Bale over to murder Geoff. April Fools!

While we had our own bit of fun yesterday with an obvious April Fools joke, we weren’t the only folks around that decided to join in on that annual tradition of pretending to be the Daily Mirror. The gaming industry has had a long-standing habit of throwing a few bones our way over the year, and yesterday was no different. Here’s a look at what fooled who.

Creepy Watson: The Return

There is no other video game character that can stand toe to toe with Gods, like John Watson. Appearing first in 2007’s Sherlock Holmes versus Arsène Lupin, Creepy Watson was an omnipresent force of nature that was content to just watch you and make you turn your undies 50 shades of brown.

And in 2013, he shall return in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments and take action…

Apple is making a gaming console

Yes, the software and hardware giant that forces you to redownload an an entire app when a patch is released will be shifting gears from food photography devices to gaming consoles. IGN broke the story on this one, a console by the name of the iPlay.

It’s unique! It’s amazing! It has a random Asian guy in a cowboy hat talking about it!

Deus Ex Human Defiance

Quite simply the cruellest joke on this list, due to the fact that I love Deus Ex Human Revolution so much, Eidos Montreal is working on a new Deus Ex game, and it’s the kind of game that no one was expecting ever.

Deus Ex Human Defiance continues the adventures of Adam Jensen, cybernetically augmented superhuman…but in 8bit form.

Hell, I’d still play that game. It’s what I asked for.

Journey now comes with rockets

Journey captured the hearts and souls of gamers last year, creating a breath-taking odyssey of visuals and audio which merged together to create one triumphant masterpiece. It also had zero rockets in it, which is why it isn’t the greatest game of all time forever and ever so shut your face.

But now it does. So many, many rockets, zipping around and with a trajectory that ends in your ass.

Dishonoured will allow you to possess doors

Developer diaries are normally boring bits of fluff where creators try and sell you on their game, without it coming off like a Verimark advert for mops. And then you get this dev diary, in which the people behind the smash hit from last year, Dishonoured, explain how at one point players would have been capable of possessing doors.

As well as old age features, photosynthesis physics and not having legs for the rest of your gameplay life.

Blizzard is bringing back the Warhound

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Oh Blizzard, you truly are the king of pranks. The developer and publisher has a long history of pulling April 1st shenanigans, and this year was no different when they announced that the Warhound was making a comeback in Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

Why? Because that damn machine just looks freaking awesome, that’s why!

Super Duper Street Fighter 4

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It’s Street Fighter 4, but with more super, more arcade and just more super duper action! If there’s one thing that Street Fighter 4 needed, besides less juggle combos, it’s Duper meters. And in 2013, the feature that no one asked for is about to become a complete addition to the franchise.

Minecraft 2.0 announced

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Taking games about stacking blocks to the next level, Minecraft 2.0 is going to revolutionise how you see squares. Containing all new blocks with three dimensions and textures, Minecraft 2.0 has been in development for over two years now and is guaranteed to make Notch even richer than he already he is.

Last Updated: April 2, 2013

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