April Fools' Day 2017 Video Game Joke Roundup
Don't be fooled.
April Fools' Day has arrived a bit early this year, with a few of the video game industry's creations coming out a day ahead of time.
It can be hard to keep track of what's real and what isn't--Rocket League's Fast and Furious DLC and Final Fantasy show Daddy of Light somehow both fall into the "real" category--so we're rounding up some of the best video game jokes for you here.
If you come across any we haven't included, be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'll update this post over the weekend as more surface.
How to Enter a Guardian in Breath of the Wild
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Although incredibly cool, the video making the rounds showing you how to enter a Guardian in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, unfortunately, a complete fabrication. We know, because we made it!
Square Enix's New Tactics Game
Square Enix produced a trailer for a fake game called Tactics Alexander as a spinoff of MMO Final Fantasy XIV. This is somewhat of a cruel gag, as the game actually looks pretty fun.
Turtle Beach Feed Bag
Turtle Beach introduces the Feed Bag, which they dub the "F-Bag." According the jokey press release, "Attach the F-BAG to any Turtle Beach headset and wrap it securely around the lower half of your face so your piehole is perfectly positioned to feast."
Yet Another Fire Emblem Game
Nintendo's Fire Emblem series has not been lacking attention in recent years, which makes the prospect of another game seem pretty reasonable. That is, at least until you check out the specifics and images laid out on this Japanese-language website for the supposed 3DS/Switch game, Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution.
Ms. Pac-Man On Google Maps
As it has in the past, Google is allowing you to transform a set of streets on Google Maps into a playable level of Pac-Man (or Ms. Pac-Man, as the case may be). It works surprisingly well.
Nvidia's New Gaming Assistant
The newest (fake) innovation from Nvidia is G-Assist, which is essentially an AI player that can take your place in online games or help to give you an edge in difficult boss fights. It's even supposed to warn you when it's time to pause and get something to eat or drink, which is like a weird twist on those notifications in Nintendo games telling you to take a break.
A New Street Fighter EX Game
Update: This game could actually be real, and just be a bit of unfortunate timing. According to a post on Neogaf, as translated note from Arika wrote that "the fact that we hid that this was going to be the game played is the joke." The game above is actually playable and represents an in-development product. It's a weird joke, but great news that the EX cast may actually be coming back!
World of Tanks' Mars Mode
In a rare instance of an existing game offering an April Fools' joke for real, World of Tanks has a limited-time mode called Mars mode. In it, you'll head to Mars to use lasers and deal with UFOs.
A New Stronghold Card Game
The Stronghold series is (not) expanding with a new collectible card game. Called Stronghold: Drawbridge, Firefly Studios has released the trailer above for the fake game.
Black Desert Online's Own Whisky
Black Desert Online is marking an anniversary with Black Spirit, its own line of whisky. It's described as a "blend made from some of Scotland's rarest and most exceptional whiskies," offering a sickening mixture of flavors. "Black Spirit is incomparably rich and smoky, with velvety smooth breaking waves of powerful flavor," the description reads. "Hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges tumble in first, before releasing hidden secrets like ginger, kumquats, sandalwood, and dark chocolate. A rich honey sweetness emerges, accompanied by hints of pepper and dried fruits."
Kartong: Death By Cardboard
The developer of Svrvive: The Deus Helix has another VR game (not really) in the works called Kartong. It falls into the incredibly common "challenging casual/miniature/stealth/adventure/FPS" genre. You can check out a video for it above.
Sega has released a new Steam game called 8-Bit Bayonetta. While a playable joke in and of itself, the game directs fans to a teaser website counting down to something in April. While it might be part of some larger joke, it looks like this apparent April Fools' gag may lead to a real announcement--such as a PC release of Bayonetta.
StarCraft II Overlord Announcer Pack
If you're tired of useful announcer packs in StarCraft II, the new Overlord pack should suit your needs nicely. As you can hear in the samples on Blizzard's website, everything it has to say is completely unintelligible. I'm almost sad that this probably won't ever be released.
A Nine-Screen Laptop
Online retailer Newegg has unveiled a ridiculous new fake product: Project MEgga, a laptop equipped with nine screens. Aside from the absurdity of that, it comes with such made-up components as an Intel i9-8900x processor and GTX 1280 Ti Ancestor Edition, as well as speakers that feature confetti cannons. It's available for "preorder" at the discounted price of $29,998, which is .00003% percent off its usual price.
A Shantae Demake
Rather than a remaster project, WayForward has proposed a fake demake of the first Shantae game called Shantae: Demakeified. It's designed for one-button input, which the developer says adds "a whole new layer of challenge to jumping, attacking, or just walking around."