Happy April 1st, people! Because I’m a total killjoy and have less comic wit than an old slipper, instead of posting a painfully silly fake story about an actual Halo installation being discovered by NASA or Siri transcending humanity, we’re going to have a brief look back at some of the best (or worst) gaming-related April Fools’ Day pranks of the last few years.
2017, you have a heavy bar to raise.
Possibly Sony’s greatest April fool yet was last year’s Playstation Flow announcement. The convincingly-produced trailer showed off a new form of gaming immersion whereby players can experience water-based segments of their favourite games in a VR-like experience. Simply pause the game when your character starts swimming, head to your nearest swimming pool, put on your goggles and bands, and start swimming. The game streams to your goggles whilst the bands feed sensor data back to the console and controls your character, replicating your movements.
If that weren’t enough, the package also includes the Playstation Flow Body Drier, a super-fast drying station built into a floor pad so that you can get straight back into the action outside of water. As ludicrous as it sounded, it could have been a fun novelty piece. Still, there’s always Playstation VR coming soon!
Standby For Prime
Easily one of the April fools I was most disappointed about being fake, IGN dropped this amazing trailer in 2014, showing off an Optimus Prime DLC for Titanfall. I don’t need to say any more about this, as the trailer will do a good enough job in making you understand why this would have absolutely been the best DLC idea for Titanfall ever.
Roach Stars In New Witcher III DLC
This year’s helping of April fun from the folks at CD Projekt Red is pretty incredible with a developer diary about the design process for Roach in The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, and “new” details about the game’s upcoming expansions…
Google Maps – Pokémon Challenge
Hm… a game that revolves around going to different locations in the real world in order to capture virtual Pokémon with a mobile device… Doesn’t that sound familiar?
That’s right, Google effectively predicted (or perhaps secretly teased) Pokémon Go with their April fool in 2014. In fact, the logo used for this prank is the exact same design as the Pokémon Go Plus watch-like peripheral set to launch with the game. Be sure to check out the trailer above!
Destiny: “Get Your Ass To Mars” Collector’s Edition
Finally, who can forget the top-tier collector’s edition Bungie announced for Destiny? For a quite frankly amazing-value $7,000,000 price tag, the most hardcore and wealthy Destiny fans were invited to take part in an immersive experience like no other. Following “highly experimental metamorphosis featuring cutting-edge skin dye treatments, voice modulation, cybernetic implants, and more”, backers would be equipped with state-of-the-art armour weaponry and a fashionable cape before being placed in suspended animation.
Once Bungie engineers had finalised the logistics of fulfilling the project, players would be fired off to Mars to begin a whole new adventure as Guardians of a not-so endangered Earth. Expect the end result to look something like the above image, if the player even made it as far as Mars.
Those were just a handful of the best April fools from the gaming world in recent years. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments or on our subreddit!