It’s April 1, and as foretold on the ancient tablets that can mean only one thing: The internet is even more full of lies than usual, except today we call them “pranks.” The video game industry isn’t quite as active in the holiday merriment this year due to, you know, everything, but some studios are still getting in on the goofs.
Check out some of the best pranks this year, and leave a comment if you spot any that we haven’t.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Makes Shipment Even More Cramped
The notoriously tiny map Shipment is now playable in 10v10 teams, making for a wildly frantic match.
Overwatch: The Eyes Have It
Overwatch got in on the act a little early by putting craft store-style googly eyes on all of its characters, and even some ultimates like Hanzo’s Ultimate ability.
PUBG Gets Fantasy Makeover
The realistic battle royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds went a whole new direction, with a “limited-time game mode” that pits trash can knights against spellcasting wizards. But hidden in the silliness is a crafting system that PUBG Corp says it may implement in the actual game.
Pokemon Go Gets Tricky
The April Fool’s prank for Pokemon Go is relatively friendly, giving you a chance to catch some monsters you might otherwise be missing. For a limited time, “Tricky” Pokemon (like Voltorb, Ditto, Sudowoodo, and Foongus) will appear more often than usual.
Pokemon Masters Gets Nostalgic
Not to be outdone, the other Pokemon mobile game, Pokemon Masters, has replaced its main theme with the Pokemon Center music from the original Pokemon Red and Blue.
🎶 New Music Alert 🎶
The background music in #PokemonMasters has changed for a limited time! You might recognize it, and it might even make you feel a little nostalgic! ☺️
Be sure to log in and check it out!
You can listen to it until 4/1 at 7:59 p.m. PDT. 👀 pic.twitter.com/B6hRA6gZnP
— Pokémon Masters (@PokemonMasters) April 1, 2020
Honey, I Shrunk The For Honor
Ubisoft sent out a teaser about miniaturizing its live combat game, For Honor, with a new “Mini Edition.” The little itty-bitty samurai are kind of cute.
— For Honor (@ForHonorGame) April 1, 2020
Platinum Games’ Fourth Announcement Is… A Prank?
Platinum Games may be the winner for the most prep work. It’s been teasing a fourth game announcement for months and today it put out a trailer suggesting it was all leading to an April Fools’ gag.
You’ve waited so long, and at last, it’s here! What better day than 4/1 for the hotly-anticipated fourth #Platinum4 announcement? You’d be a fool to miss our latest trailer, now at https://t.co/GLRQg6RNI8! #AprilFools #AprilFoolsDay #Gotcha #Pranked #lol @HAMSTER_Corp pic.twitter.com/qaGyA9q258
— PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) April 1, 2020
Codemasters Gets Dirty
The studio behind the Dirt series introduced a new spin-off of the popular franchise: Dirt Rollers, a marble racing game.
The small, shiny ball is in your court. Well, it’s in your hands. Not even your hands, technically…
Today, we reveal DiRT Rollers – the true authentic marble racing video game! ☄️
— Codemasters (@Codemasters) April 1, 2020
Darkest Dungeon Gets Even Darker
The Darkest Dungeon Twitter teased a new hero vs hero Arena Fights mode.
Happy April 1st – Enjoy this sneak peek of our upcoming DLC! pic.twitter.com/yZOP6whaO5
— Darkest Dungeon (@DarkestDungeon) April 1, 2020
Zombie Army Gets GBA Port
Now in beautiful dot matrix green.
— Zombie Army (@zombiearmy) April 1, 2020
Playtonic Makes A Game Announcement
— Playtonic (@PlaytonicGames) April 1, 2020
On a more serious note…
Some developers have abstained from April Fools this year but put out statements urging their fans to be safe and look out for each other.
Today’s April 1st, and this year we have no jokes to share.
We just hope that all of you are safe, healthy, well-fed, and and enjoying some wonderful indoor activities as we continue to socially distance ourselves and beat this virus <3
— Inti Creates (@IntiCreatesEN) April 1, 2020
Usually we would be putting our heads together to think up some April Fool’s joke. Sadly, circumstances are far from normal, so instead we’d like to urge you & your loved ones to keep scrubbing those hands, wear masks, stay healthy, stay safe. We’ll send the pest doctor your way! pic.twitter.com/OWwbWEuO97
— Warhorse Studios (@WarhorseStudios) April 1, 2020
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