What a cruel day for some people
Today is the day you get tricked into having your favorite franchise return: only to be crushed seconds later. Amusing! Here’s a recap of the 2022 April Fool’s game.
April Fools 2022:
Saints Row announces a “million dollar limited edition” version that I bet anyone in the world would buy:
Bigger, better, bolder.
Got the money? We have the hiding place, with the #SaintsRow Edition made for life. Pay to earn for life and live like a saint at the top of your game for just $100,000,000.
Only one available – register your interest: https://t.co/vuEljx4UNF pic.twitter.com/JAgeNERIii
— Saints Row (@SaintsRow) April 1, 2022
This Switch Stacker from Vooks might be an interesting concept if it were real, because it lets you swap out Switch carts that you plug into a dock:
Leaked: New Nintendo Switch Stacker, store and play up to 12 game cards under your Switch Dock
2K Games “reveals” fake versions of VI civil:
Civic fans! We are excited to unveil 3 new editions of Civ VI. And for the first time in civilian history, we openly ignore history! Introducing the Rapture Edition, Booyaka Edition, and Baller Edition.
That’s what we call Civ! No joke (well, sort of) ➡️ https://t.co/UtJUH7uj0v pic.twitter.com/N2jI49Wyq0
— Civilization by Sid Meier (@CivGame) April 1, 2022
New Blood “delays all its games to 2023”:
The world we live in is uncertain.
The times we live in are unprecedented.
It is therefore with heavy load that we bring you this important news: pic.twitter.com/17XH1o8WbZ
— New Blood Interactive (@NewBlood) April 1, 2022
Guilty Equipment? More like Guilty Bear:
The latest next-gen fighting game
“GUILTY BEAR” is coming out!
A battle system that is all about kindness ⚔️
Healing a fancy sound ????
A total of 20 characters participated in the war ???? ♪ https://t.co/FvYlQKKMUD#Guilty Bear#April Fool pic.twitter.com/GFxD9k2gYi
— OFFICIAL GUILTY GEAR (@GUILTYGEAR_PR) March 31, 2022
Platinum Games “announces several games” in a strange press conference with character:
Razer shows off the ‘HyperSense suit’ in a metaverse /tron parody:
Among us gets a “Horse Mode:”
Several games are wide-eyed, including Monitoring and Magic Arena:
The fact that the eyes are floating there is so hilarious to me for some reason. from Overwatch
HyperX Japan announces a line of “grass” products:
???? ???? “Get out! It’s important to be in contact with nature!”
???? 「 ???? 」
HyperX Alloy keyboard (Grass axis)
Now on sale! ????
Details of Lip ???? pic.twitter.com/DzLXfCF8NV
— HyperX Japan (@HyperXJapan) April 1, 2022
Limitation sound borders the limited edition has the bath theme:
SEGA unveils the limited edition Sonic Frontier
– high quality bathtub
– a silk towel
– a waterproof Mega Drive
– a Game Gear (cannot be used in water)
– a duckhttps://t.co/dNJ7JR45gL
(April Fool’s Day just started in Japan, none of this is real) pic.twitter.com/xFV4tReMpz
-Nibel (@Nibellion) March 31, 2022
G2 Esports “announces Esports fast food chain”:
Learn more about G2GO!, the leading fast food esports chain. https://t.co/gUNEuT7Ftd
– G2 Sports (@G2esports) March 30, 2022
Seems like the golden age of big publishers creating games that are actually real is largely over. There are still people who carry on the tradition! But now it’s mostly about renders and fake ads. I’m always so mixed about this. Some of them feel like a company was forced into it by superiors to commit, and it shows. Some of them make the studio look like they’re having a little fun.
In most cases it’s free market research/measurement to see if people would actually dig something. I mean, what a perfect time to announce a fake NFT seizure and then say “haha actually, that was a joke!” while you can check these sweet metrics on whether or not people would like to buy NFTs for your game. 2022 everyone.
Either way, the tradition continues of “why aren’t some of them real?”