Finally, the day we've been looking forward to since at least last night is here. April Fools' Day is back for more hoaxes, jokes, and wind-ups, and we're collecting all the best gaming-themed ones for you right here. We'll be updating this article throughout the day as we spot more fakes, so be sure to check back later, too.
However, it's not all jokes and japes on April Fools' Day: r/Games has closed down for April Fools' Day, but it is for a good reason. You can, however, share your favorite gags in the comments below.
だ、大ニュースっ！！— 星のカービィ (@Kirby_JP) March 31, 2019
四角いカービィさんからも目がはなせませんっ！！#エイプリルフール #四角いカービィhttps://t.co/Ei8jo068Ae pic.twitter.com/u0k5sfeX05
There's only one place to start and nope I already hate today, April Fools' Day needs to stop. Kirby is a square now.
Kirby is also a vacuum cleaner now. No I still hate it.
Final Fantasy's Omega As A Home Assistant
Square Enix has developed a version of Final Fantasy superboss Omega as smart home assistant. I'll stick with Alexa, thanks.
The Anthem Subreddit Rebrands
The Anthem subreddit has undergone a makeover today, and it now looks like another familiar game.
Corsair Game Launcher Launcher
We are proud to announce our new, easy-to-use software that will change the way you manage all your games.— CORSAIR (@CORSAIR) March 31, 2019
Introducing the CORSAIR Game Launcher. #CORSAIRLauncher pic.twitter.com/HiZ5oNhZ7k
Corsair has combined all your game launchers into one Game Launcher Launcher, complete with its own digital currency that allows you to buy digital currency.
Street Fighter Shoot-'em-Up
Street Fighter's G now has his own mobile game, in the style of a shoot-'em-up. All sense has been lost.
A New Yakuza Game
This is a bit of a cruel tease, isn't it? It's a new Yakuza game that takes the series' signature combat and turns it into a turn-based RPG, with, according to our internal Yakuza expert, what looks like "weird magic stuff."
Sniper Elite: Love in Your Sights
You thought we were done with announcements? Surprise, we've got one more! Presenting Sniper Elite: Love In Your Sights, a whirlwind wartime romance.— Sniper Elite (@SniperElite) April 1, 2019
Get your coat Karl, you've pulled...the trigger.
Coming 20-never. pic.twitter.com/T9iXjK7ipo
Sniper Elite: Love in Your Sights is a new game from Rebellion that turns the long-running sniper series into a romantic visual novel. Because of course.
Yet another battle royale game gets announced; this time it's one set in the Payday universe.
Rainbow Six Siege's Rainbow Is Magic
So this is a weird one. Ubisoft has announced a time-limited event named Rainbow is Magic for Rainbow Six Siege. I say it's weird because, well, it's real.
For Honor + Rabbids
Another Ubisoft joke that someone took too far, For Honor is hosting a Rabbids crossover event. And yes, it is also real.
Doom: The Joy Of Slaying
Introducing a new DOOM experience for the artist in everyone. pic.twitter.com/rU2NvMkHI6— DOOM (@DOOM) April 1, 2019
Bethesda joins the fun with this glimpse of what a Bob Ross show would look like if Bob Ross was also in Doom.
Google Maps Adds A New Game
Google Maps has enjoyed many April Fools' jokes over the years, and for 2019 it's made a transport-themed edition of the classic game Snake.
Harada Enters The Tekken 7 Fight
A new champion is about to enter the King of Iron Fist Tournament! By popular demand, #TEKKEN 7’s very own Director @Harada_TEKKEN will step into the ring for some epic showdowns. Can you guess who he will side with in the war to settle the Mishima feud? pic.twitter.com/gPPRqmsYvd— TEKKEN (@TEKKEN) April 1, 2019
Something a little different now, and Tekken 7 director Katsuhiro Harada is fed up of merely directing games; now he wants to be in them as well. I wouldn't mess with him.
Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mobile Mode
Announcing a new gameplay mode for Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Mobile Mode!— Total War (@totalwar) April 1, 2019
This simulates the extreme mobile graphics experience that fans have been crying out for – so take a look at what this new addition has to offer here: https://t.co/gL4LIHzRgQ pic.twitter.com/x24Yv3YYK7
Okay, this one's pretty good. Creative Assembly has unveiled a new mode for Total War: Three Kingdoms that turns the game into an old mobile game you might have played on your Nokia 3310.
Super excited to announce a partnership with our besties @Roll_7, bringing our two beloved IPs together in one universe! All the twitchy fun you love from both worlds, brought together in fluid style by Kai riding a Hoverboard! #olliolli #velocity #velocollie— FuturLab (@FuturLab) April 1, 2019
Coming 2020. pic.twitter.com/2JaTOPiWjd
A crossover of two great indie series, VelocOlli will see you control Velocity's Kai as she rides an Olli Olli hoverboard. It's launching in 2020, apparently.
Elgato Green Screen Spray
Introducing the next step in the evolution of content creation...— Elgato Gaming (@elgatogaming) April 1, 2019
Elgato Green Screen Spray.
Make anything disappear with the power of chroma key. pic.twitter.com/oLM4JlxZtT
Elgato now allows streamers to make everything invisible to their viewers with their new Green Screen Spray. You can even make yourself disappear!
New Hitman 2 Elusive Target
New Elusive Target incoming:— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) April 1, 2019
The Duck will be in Saint-Nazaire (a new, time limited location!) starting April 1, for 10 days.
More info here: https://t.co/nwXBA09ojL
Head over to the official ET #19 Thread on Reddit: https://t.co/Re34Z1NwzX
(thank you - u/nik2296 ) pic.twitter.com/LtidjKt1V1
Hitman 2 has gained a new Elusive Target with the addition of a duck. I honestly can't tell if this is real.
Can You See Marvel: Contest Of Champions' New Character?
Here is an early look at Invisible Woman! pic.twitter.com/NcCRC6HI1E— MarvelChampions (@MarvelChampions) April 1, 2019
Marvel: Contest of Champions is getting a new character soon, and developer Kabam has given us a first look at her. Except, it hasn't, because she's invisible. Let's hope that bug gets fixed by the time Invisible Woman makes it into the game.
Move over, 100-man battle royales. The future is here. pic.twitter.com/xHfZpiub9D— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) April 1, 2019
I unashamedly love this Twitter account, and right on cue Sonic the Hedgehog himself has got in on the April Fools' Day action with Sonic Royale. It's an action-PvP-MMO-Survival-ARPG-FPS-Dating sim and I would 100% play this, Sega.
Fire Emblem Heroes
A Legendary Beast joins the battle! #FEHeroeshttps://t.co/pGXO299whg— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 1, 2019
Fire Emblem Heroes is another game gaining a new character, this time with an all-powerful owl named Feh. I would also like this to actually happen.
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