Got to love a good joke! If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t pull their nose up and feel compelled to broadcast just how gosh-darn intelligent you are because you haven’t been caught out by an obvious April Fools joke, then the beginning of the fourth month of the year is a right treat. Instead of scoffing to the max, April Fools Day has become a tradition of in-jokes within the gaming industry, as developers get less serious for a moment and take the opportunity to have something which seems to be missing in today’s toxic environment:
Here’s a round-up of some of the best gags that went viral yesterday, and maybe a few jokes that we kind of wish were actually real.
Conan Chop Chop
Funcom has plenty of Conan on the way, but the concept of a chibi Conan game using roguelike elements in a dungeon that would do The Legend of Zelda proud? I kind of want that.
Raccoon City is running dangerously low on zombies
As if climate change wasn’t bad enough, now we have to deal with a declining population in the ravenous hordes of the undead. C’mon guys, we can make a difference! Sign up here!
Payday Battle Royale
It may be obvious, but points to Overkill for the sheer effort they put into making a lengthy video detailing their hop onto the industry bandwagon that is the battle royale genre.
The next Yakuza game is…turn-based?
As far as franchises go, Yakuza might just be the last bastion of the good ol’ fashioned beat ‘em up. A relic of a bygone era, Yakuza’s bloody streets of rage setup is still a ton of fun on a bun to play. A Yakuza game where you take turns inflicting horrific damage upon one another in Japan’s underworld though? I..I kind of want to play that.
Decently priced Elder Scrolls cosplay…for your cat
If you’ve got the coin, then your kitty has the wares! If you ever wanted to turn your trusty feline pal into the spitting image of a Khajit merchant, then Bethesda has you covered with this handmade cosplay that will only set you back $100 000.
Tekken adds the true king of the Iron Fist to its roster
Did you think Heihachi Mishima was Tekken’s most powerful villain? Well step aside bucko, because Tekken’s director Katsuhiro Harada is getting ready to enter the ring! And he looks quite snappy as well.
Warhammer Vermintide presents Bardins Songbook
If I had to choose between jamming rusty sporks into my ears or listening to Bardin rattle off various songs, I’d probably choose to leap face-first into a cutlery draw that required several Tetanus shots afterwards.
Total War Three Kingdoms mobile
Ever wondered if Total War could run in potato mode on something like a Motorola Razr? Well this mobile version that features “vastly inferior graphics” should answer that question!
Capcom World President Challenges: A Shooting Game
Capcom used to make some great schmups back in the day. Used to. Because while the company may have gone a step further than most game publishers yesterday, a part of me thinks that a game that allows you to step out of the oval office and into bullet hell as America’s number one citizen probably isn’t going to get greenlit for a full release.
Still, at least you can have some fun with what could have been!
For Honor adds Rabbids to the mix
I know you’re joking Ubisoft, but I’d pay good money for a chance to slaughter those damn Rabbids in For Honor’s arena of carnage.
Hatoful Sniper Elite
Look, if you can date a pigeon, then dating a trusty Lee Enfield sniper rifle probably isn’t too much of a stretch. Consider my interest trigger to be fully pulled.
World of Tanks Classic
All the glory of the good ol’ days, including a lack of content, tweaks and gameplay additions as World of Tanks rolls back the clock by a good seven years!
DOOM presents the joy of Slaying
Even if he were a homicidal demon-slaying maniac with a taste for guns and horse-hair paintbrushes, I’m sure DOOM Marine Bob Ross would still be a treat to hang out with.
Corsair launches a game launcher launcher
This…this would actually be quite useful in today’s increasingly fractured game distribution environment. Make it so, Corsair. Also, RGBucks? I’ll take ten!
Platinum finally publishes their own game
Masters of the action genre, Platinum Games is finally venturing out into the wild with their very own self-published game: Chief Executive Omni-Weapon Ken-Ichi! I’D PLAY IT!
Hearts of Iron IV presents…too many sharks
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SHARKS?
Last Updated: April 2, 2019
April 2, 2019 at 11:51
As much as I dislike Ubisoft, they really had a good one this year with their Rainbow is Magic expansion for Rainbow Six Siege
April 2, 2019 at 11:51
ROFL, nice ones
April 2, 2019 at 11:52
Some are smart, and could easily pass as legitimate, but most are easy to call BS. I though the whole point of an April Fool’s joke was to make it as believable as possible, and many failed to do so.