What a cruel day for some people
Today is the day of getting tricked that your favorite franchise is coming back: only to be crushed seconds later. Fun! Here’s a gaming April Fools’ Day 2022 recap.
Gaming April Fools’ Day 2022:
Saints Row announces a “limited edition one million dollar” version that I bet someone in the world would actually buy:
Bigger, better, bolder.
You got the cash? We got the stash, with the #SaintsRow Made For Life Edition. Pay to win at life & live like a Saint at the top of your game for just $100,000,000.
— Saints Row (@SaintsRow) April 1, 2022
This Switch Stacker from Vooks could be a neat concept if it was real, as it lets you swap Switch carts that you plug into a dock:
2K Games “reveals” fake versions of Civ VI:
Civ fans! We’re excited to unveil 3 new editions of Civ VI. And for the first time in Civ history, we’re blatantly ignoring history! Introducing the Rapture Edition, Booyaka Edition & Baller Edition.
— Sid Meier's Civilization (@CivGame) April 1, 2022
New Blood “delays all their games to 2023:”
The world we are living in is uncertain.The times we are living in are unprecedented.
So it is with a heavy load that we bring you this important news: pic.twitter.com/17XH1o8WbZ
— New Blood Interactive (@NewBlood) April 1, 2022
Guilty Gear? More like Guilty Bear:
◤￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣￣ 次世代対戦格闘ゲーム最新作 『GUILTY BEAR』発売決定！＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿◢
— GUILTY GEAR OFFICIAL (@GUILTYGEAR_PR) March 31, 2022
Platinum Games “announces multiple games” in a strange press conference in character:
Razer shows off the “HyperSense Suit” in a Metaverse/Tron parody:
Among Us gets a “Horse Mode:”
Several games are doing googly eyes, including Overwatch and Magic Arena:
HyperX Japan announces a “grass” line of products:
???? 「 ???? 」
HyperX Alloy キーボード (Grass軸）発売開始！ ????
— HyperX Japan (@HyperXJapan) April 1, 2022
The fake Sonic Frontiers limited edition is themed around a bath:
SEGA has revealed the Sonic Frontier limited edition
Includes– high-quality bath tub– a silk towel– a waterproof Mega Drive– a Game Gear (can't be used in water)– a duckhttps://t.co/dNJ7JR45gL
(April Fool's Day has just begun in Japan, none of this is real) pic.twitter.com/xFV4tReMpz
— Nibel (@Nibellion) March 31, 2022
G2 Esports “announces an Esports fast food” chain:
Read more about G2GO!, Esports' first fast-food chain. https://t.co/gUNEuT7Ftd
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) March 30, 2022
It feels like the golden era of big publishers making games that are actually real is mostly over. There’s still some people carrying on the tradition! But now it’s mostly just renders and fake commercials. I’m always so mixed on these. Some of them feel like a corporation was forced into this by higher-ups for engagement, and it shows. Some of them look like the studio is actually having a bit of fun.
In most cases, it’s free market research/metrics to see if people would actually dig something. I mean, what a perfect time to announce a fake NFT grab, then go “haha actually it was a joke!” while you get to check out those sweet metrics on whether or not people would want to buy NFTs for your game. 2022 everyone.
In any case, the tradition carries on of “why aren’t some of these real?”