Today's probably been the best April Fools' Day I've covered yet, but there are only so many full April Fools' Day articles I can write before my brains start to leak out of my ear. That's not to say that there are a lot of bad jokes out there (there are), but also yes I am saying there are a lot of really bad jokes out there (there are). Instead of giving every remaining joke their own post, we'll just round them up here and let everyone sort through them at their own discretion.
I have to warn everyone, because there are a lot of jokes to get through. I'll try to sort through them by game title, but some may be noted by developer or publisher. Also, if there's a joke missing from the list then please feel free to comment and I'll 100% add them to the list. The only requirement is that they're made by a publisher or a developer, because they have a relevancy that other outlets don't really carry with their jokes.
- ARMA 3 - Teaser trailer parodying Jean Claude Van Dam's "Splits" commercial for ARMA III's first premium DLC, ARMA III KARTS: trailer.
- Blizzard Outcasts (Blizzard Europe) - If Blizzard made a fighting game starring franchise characters that don't deserve a roster spot, such as Deckard Cain, the Dirt Devil car, a Diablo III treasure Goblin, Kael'Thas Sunstrider, and a Battlecruiser: link, trailer.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts - What happens when Infinity Ward takes their Call of Duty: Ghosts playlist titles and puts hilarious and slightly obscene replacements there instead? Microsoft gets a ton of angry parent support calls: link.
- Destiny - For $7,000,000,000 Bungie will turn Destiny "Get Your Ass to Mars" Collector's Edition buyers into cyborgs and then ship them off to Mars. Or put them into cold storage for hundreds of years until it's cheap to send someone to Mars. What a deal: link.
- Diablo III - It's like Flappy Bird, only the player is Malphael the Angel of Death and each obstacle involves killing the heroes of Diablo III. Unfortunately, I guess the devs didn't finish in time so it's not playable: link.
- Dragon Age - Yuk, BioWare made a "Varric's Chest Hair and Necklace" piece of memorabilia available in their store (but not really): read more here.
- DudeBro II - VR mode announced: link.
- Fez II - Phil Fish canceled Fez II on Twitter, he can reannounce it on Twitter: link.
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - Oh dear, Final Fantasy XIV's devs teased a new "Favour" system that allows players to... romance their favorite NPCs. Each NPC has their own prerequisites to be romanced, but as you grow on them events may begin to get complicated: link.
- GRID Railroad - "Authentic forward, stop and go train movements we’re taking things to the next level," enough said: link.
- Guild Wars II - ArenaNet made every Guild Wars 2 character, whether player character or NPC, have a giant, wobbling bobblehead (video linked from Youtuber Paper Plays):
- Heroes of the Storm - Baby Abathur was added as a hero after Abathur was said to be too hard to learn: read more here.
- Killzone - How about a Killzone movie? Sure, that's cool. How about a Killzone movie... directed by Time Burton? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes: link.
- League of Legends - "Ultra Rapid Fire" mode, also known as Urf mode is now playable: read more here.
- Mass Effect - BioWare launched a Garrus body pillow in their store: read more here.
- Mighty No. 9 - In what must be the most adorable April Fool's Day joke today, the devs from Concept dress up like Keiji Inafune testing out a demo of Mighty No. 9 and then show off new protagonists Apple No. 1, Apple No. 2, and Apple No. 3 (he's a cherry): trailer.
- Nuclear Throne - Vlambeer has decided to take their dungeon crawler Nuclear Throne in a new direction by making it first-person. No joke, it's playable as a first-person shooter if players have downloaded the early access version of it. Just don't expect it to last: link.
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch - All of the Octopi are in this multiplayer trailer for Octodad! More, more, more, more: trailer.
- Path of Exile - Research taught Grinding Gear Games that "Paying to Win" and "Nickle and Diming" leads to prophet. Confused with the language, as they're English, they since released fireworks that prompt the text "You win!" for the price of $.15: link, trailer.
- Pokemon - A very real Google Maps mini-game that lets players hunt for over 150 Pokemon from across the world
- Rappy Bird (Sega) - It's like Flappy Bird, only starring Rappy of Phantasy Star Online fame and filled with the tears of those waiting for Phantasy Star Online II to be localized. Yes, it's playable: link, game.
- Ricochet 2 (Valve): How dare you, Valve. How dare you:
- Roundabout - What happens when you move the camera in a top-down spinning limo puzzle game into the driver's seat: read more here.
- Skullgirls - Taking a dig at street fighter, Skullgirls added a cloned character to their game with identical visuals, but a whole new skillset: read more here.
- StarCraft II: Herald of the Stars - Blizzard is so comfortable with the HotS acronym from StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Heroes of Storm that they want go three for three. Introducing chapter three of StarCraft II, Herald of the Stars: link.
- Titanfall - Titanfall is all about robots, so why not offer DLC that lets players summon Transformers' Optimus Prime with a giant axe: trailer.
- Thief - It's less a joke or a game than a fun thing that Square Enix threw together just for the heck of it. It's a Thief/Final Fantasy mini-game, but unfortunately it's all in Japanese so I don't think any of us will truly grasp what's going on here: link.
- The Witcher 3 - What happens when a mocap actor is pushed too far? Behind the scenes look at the creation of The Witcher 3: trailer.
- Untamed Armaments (Zeboyd Games) - It's like Wild Arms, but not real. I am now sad: read more here.
- War Thunder - GaiJilla is on a rampage in-game, for realsies. This giant, lightning shooting snail ain't nothing to mess with: link, trailer.
- World of Tanks - How about a brand new "Labyrinth" game mode featuring a retro inspired map and a single tank type -- the Karl. This fast-paced game mode is available for all players to try, just don't expect a reward: link, trailer.
- World of Tanks - Have you ever tried to defend a tank from giant crawfish via a top-down in-browser game? Maybe now's the time to try: game.
- World of Warcraft - Blizzard decided to jokingly "redesign" their female Dranei. I suppose it's because folk in the community complain that the current model is basically has a model's figure with blue skin and horns. The redesign wouldn't look half bad if Blizzard hadn't gone out of their way to add less attractive features like crossed eyes and bowed legs to the model: link.
- World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - Everyone loves fake beta patch notes: link.
Obviously there are many more video game April Fools' Day jokes that we're missing or haven't included. While some use the day simply to push marketing or some other agenda, it's great to see so many different developers and publishers embracing this community embracing event for what it is. It's a time for many of us to step back, look at the whole of it, and laugh. Video games are positively absurd. Isn't that great?
Drop a comment with any absent April Fools' Day jokes that should be included on this list. Until next year!