The current climate means April Fools’ doesn’t quite have the same shine as it usually does. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe, partaking in the perennial day of jest could be considered distasteful and ill-timed.
Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped developers, the press, and even the general public from having a go at trolling gamers. In these uncertain times, a dose of humor can provide some much-needed solace – if only as a distraction from trawling through the latest coronavirus news.
In that spirit, we’ve compiled some of the gaming industry’s most hilarious April Fools’ jokes.
Surfacing on Twitter, this one parades as an “official” tweet from Santa Monica Studio announcing PlayStation 5 exclusive God of War Part II. There’s artwork to match, and it even advertises a fake live stream ostensibly featuring a reveal trailer and interview with God of War’s director, Cory Barlog.
This has all the hallmarks of an April Fools’ joke. The most hilarious part is that it’s actually real.
Yes, that’s right. PUBG is introducing a week-long Fantasy Battle Royale event mode. Character classes, thematically-appropriate vehicles, weapons, crafting materials, and more – PUBG Corp has gone all out.
Here we have another developer having a go at injecting a bit of humor into these trying times. Platinum Games cooked up a spoof trailer for a rather odd collaboration with Japanese publisher Hamster Corporation.
In the trailer, Platinum Games lifts the curtain on a brand new arcade system, dubbed the Neo-Classic Arcade, and the first game coming to the bogus system, Sol Presta.
The spoof is framed as Platinum Games’ highly-anticipated “Platinum4” announcement. It’s unclear whether this is, in fact, the fourth announcement, or if we can expect a real announcement later on. Let’s hope so.
The headline says it all – The Last of Us 2 confirmed for PC “just to piss off PlayStation fans.”
Given the vitriol on show from diehard fans when PlayStation revealed the Horizon Zero Dawn PC port, a little tongue-in-cheek bashing feels appropriate.
Sports Interactive went for the old bait and switch, penning a rather somber tweet advising the developer would be avoiding the usual April Fools’ shenanigans, only to announce it was re-introducing the unlikely Football Manager 1888.
It may be a joke, but we imagine there would be some genuine interest if it was real. Leather-covered inflatable bladder footballs, trim suits, the early years of the English Football League – it all sounds like a good time.