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  • Roblox:
    • Roblox pulled off several, but in 2014, they said that they would change the game so that your character is a cat. This joke alone enraged fans of the game, which some said they'd quit if this was true.
    • The admins pulled off a scheme before in 2013, which was changing forum titles to memes.
    • Someone did an extreme one in 2012, where he took over admin's accounts, unadmined them, and said several unusual things.
  • Nintendo joins in on the fun, too:
  • IGN:
  • On April 1st 2012, Half-Life 3 was spotted in the Steam store to not only be real, but on sale. When you clicked on the link, however, a drawing of Valve founder Game Newell sporting a troll face with the caption "Happy April 1st" would appear. Most people wrote it off as Valve trolling the fan base, and it was widely reported that Valve was responsible. However it was later revealed that the store front was fake and that someone had gone to the trouble of recreating it so it was entirely functional and would take you to the real store when you clicked on real items. The media was floored that they overlooked the extra p in the URL which was www.store.steamppowered.com. But today, it leads to a very serious malware infection source
  • Blizzard Entertainment has a tradition of April Fool's jokes which runs back at least to the development of Warcraft III, when they famously announced a race of panda-people as the fourth playable faction (who eventually become a playable race in World of Warcraft). The jokes have been getting bigger every year:
    • 2006: They announced the Two-headed Ogre. The ridiculously complex rules for playing such a creature (you had to play with a second person on a second account, randomly assigned) made it obvious it was a joke. In a slight subversion, they also announced a new neutral hero, the Goblin Tinker, for Warcraft III on the same day that was not a joke. They tried to make it seem like either of the two could be real but it was fairly obvious. Hilarious in Hindsight if you consider that they made exactly that 10 years later in Heroes of the Storm...
    • 2007: They announced Burgercraft: A chain of fast food restaurants that would serve Blizzard gamed themed food. They also announced the new Alliance race would be the Wisp, the weakest member of the Night Elf army, who could only attack by self-detonating. Finally, a "fired" employee "leaked" the next patch notes, a list of facetious changes ranging from game breaking (Druids may only shapeshift outside of dungeons) to absurd (Hunter pets have a small chance to attack their owner when hungry) and outright insane (Paladins turn into bears) or literally pointless (being friendly via emotes to your demon slaves make them last longer, while the same update removed the warlock's ability to USE said emotes).
    • 2008: Due to Blizzard's parent company purchasing Activision and changing its name from Vivendi to "Activision Blizzard", Blizzard announced a "second prestige" class: the Bard, which required you to play Guitar Hero while playing World of Warcraft. Also, poking fun at Sony's attempt to turn their MMO Everquest into a Warcraft style RTS, Blizzard announced that they were releasing "WoW: Heroes of Azeroth", an RTS prequal to World of Warcraft. It was Warcraft III, and also served to poke fun at WoW players who were unaware of the previous games and lore. There was also the announcement of the "Tauren Moorines" for Starcraft II.
    • 2009: Blizzard announced a dance battle system complete with trailer. The controls were said to work like riding a vehicle in Wrath of the Lich King. For Starcraft II, there was the announcement of Terratron, a Humongous Combining Mecha made out of Terran buildings. For Diablo III, the Archivist was announced as a new class, having the character play a Deckard Cain-like old geezer whose dialogues are senile rantings. And on the UK World of Warcraft site, they announced a "Pimp My Mount" feature, which allows players to add ridiculous customizations to their mounts a la Pimp My Ride. Additionally, every post made of the World of Warcraft forums that day was peppered with random roleplaying lines.
    • 2010: Blizzard announced a new character rating for World of Warcraft called the Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number a vertical bar on your character that grows as their gear improves (a Take That! at players who rely too much on gear ratings to determine their worth), and the Battle.net Neural Interface which permanently immerses the player in full VR and hopefully doesn't cause any permanent brain damage. And the WoW Armory character feeds had all boss kills changed to "<Player> Cheesed Boss" and all loot changed to "<Player> Ninjaed [Item]". Blizzard also introduced the new Battle.net matchmaker, a dating site where players would find romance in the form of "Someone to pwn noobs with." They also announced Diablo III blankets and pillows and a Deckard Cain GPS voice pack to go with it.
    • 2011: Blizzard announces Crabby, an expy of Microsoft's Clippy, to assist on the forums and in-game for World of Warcraft. For Starcraft II, Blizzard makes a return to consoles, with peculiar motion-sensor tech. In addition to this, there are spoof patch notes for SC2 and WoW, which serve as playful take thats to player complaints concerning both game balance ("Fixed a bug where Terran players were able to lose a game.") and aesthetic concerns (Every class with fire-based abilities gets green fire - except Warlocks).
    • 2012: Blizzard will evidently be producing: Educational games for children such as "Zergling Teaches Typing" and "The Westfall Trail"; A mobile game, "Supply Depot 2: Combat Elevated", about the exciting Starcraft metagame of raising and lowering Terran supply depots, with features such as color-coded endings and lots of unlockable hats; Plastic toys to replace the authenticator, called Zergotchi, who grow and require periodic feeding to continue supplying authentication codes; A line of teen-oriented literature set in Blizzard universes and inspired by The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, et cetera; For the past several months they had been accused of dumbing down WoW with concepts from Pokémon and FarmVille. Also, Crabby returned with randomly generated hats.
    • 2013: The Starcraft II situation report announced the return of the Warhound, a unit removed from the HotS beta for being pretty much identical to the marauder, to the lineup of their favorite race (Terran) based solely on the fact that the Terran player might have won the world championships with them. However, this left their favorite race (Zerg) at a disadvantage, so the Warhound was also added to the Zerg lineup. Finally, realizing that their favorite race (Protoss) were getting the short end of the stick, they also gave them the ability to build the Warhound in order to keep Protoss players from whining about it on the forums.
      • Crabby also returned to the Warcraft site, though still linked to last year's jokes.
    • 2018: World of Warcraft got new "realistic" mounts (including Rex the Lapwarmer, Sir Buster Fluffybottom, and King Cluckcluck), "Always Online" mode, "impersonal loot" (which is just thrown at you), Narcissa's Black Mirror ("Integrates your DPS meters with your social media. If you drop too low, all your relationships IRL will crumble"), a battle royale mode, and new micro-holidays (including "Looking for Queue" queues, everyone becoming elven, Geographically Themed Faction Ownership, etc.). Blizzard Korea also unveiled "Dance Battle" for World of Warcraft (which, to top it off, features a Pump It Up machine with a Dance Dance Revolution pad on the second player) and Overwatch VR among other things.
    • And to top it all off, every year they release a joke changelog detailing a ridiculous list of changes made to WoW.
  • The 1998 Textfire Hoax produced a collection of playable text adventure demos (including Coma! An Interactive Action Thriller and Flowers for Algernon and "Operation" adaptations) that represented the ostensible catalog of a commercial Interactive Fiction studio.
  • Steam once did an April Fools' Day gag by releasing fake patch notes for Counter-Strike: Source that started with features such as "cost of sniper rifle reduced by 50%", "de_dust map removed" and "jumping now increases travel speed by 50%" and got progressively more ridiculous.
  • Many people celebrate April Fool's in a funny and aggravating fashion in the Pokémon fandom. Including the creators (Gamefreak):
    • Now Serebii is claiming they don't like misleading the public, undoubtedly setup for THEIR jokes.
      • Probably the best one was releasing the rest of the English Diamond and Pearl data in one fell swoop after trickling it out bit by bit. Making us think it was fake was the joke in itself: The names were real.
    • Now take another look at those "new Pokémon" from 2005. As of Generation IV, there really is a pre-evolution of Chansey, and also a Pokémon that looks a lot like "Korechu" (Shinx). April Fools' Day joke, or stealth preview? (And remember, the fabled "Pikablu" turned out to be Marill, so...)
    • For 2011, Bulbagarden changed its name to "Fushigarden" (Fushigidane, the Japanese name for Bulbasaur) and acted like it was 1998, when Pokémon was still young.
    • For 2018, the official Pokémon YouTube and social media were hijacked by Team Rocket.
  • The day before April Fools' Day 2009, the developers of the Super Mario Bros. fangame Mushroom Kingdom Fusion released this video showing gameplay of a "new character": Mickey Mouse.
  • The team behind Mushroom Kingdom Fusion's sister project Super Mario Fusion Revival also made a joke with their game. In 2013, the development team posted a video portraying Bowser as a Power-Up Mount, claiming that they were scrapping the Bowser Rampage system due to the trouble of designing fun and interesting levels. The day after it was posted, the team revealed that the Bowser Mount was the original concept for having Bowser playable, and the video was recorded using an earlier build of the game.
  • Rock Band:
    • Harmonix appears to release ridiculously silly (and not at all rock-like) songs during the week of April Fools' Day. In 2008, it was Still Alive, available for free download. In 2009, three songs from Spongebob Squarepants were released to be sold at a cheaper price than the average song. A tradition broken in 2010, when instead they opted to release a Jimi Hendrix album.
    • In 2012, they announced a board game.
  • Furcadia has released a number of pranks on April Fools' Day. One prank flipped upside-down and reversed the player's view window of the world on main maps, so navigating was extremely difficult. Another, recurring in some form each year, is a global text filter — one year, all curse words (and the word 'yiff') were filtered to "NARF". Another year, parodying thesaurus-rape roleplay common on some areas of Furcadia, the word 'eye' or 'eyes' would be filtered to 'orb' or 'oculars'. Another April Fool's pranks have revolved around avatars, in an effort to gain funding for the graphics update; in 2009 there was the Toasterwing event, turning everyone on a main map into a flying toaster; in 2010 there were two localspecies who you would become when one ran into you, the Fluffs and Floofs, and a massive zombie apocalypse battle took place.
  • Gaia Online has a history of pranking its users on April Fools' Day, often by finding creative ways to blow their heads up.
    • In 2004, strange gift boxes appeared randomly around the main site. Users who clicked on them had their faces covered in soot until they changed outfits. "Sootfaces" eventually became a reason not to change your avatar, until the great avatar resave wiped them out.
    • In 2005, resident megalomaniac Johnny Gambino built a giant tower. He was assassinated, and the tower fell on top of the mansion of his rivals, The Von Helsons. (They all got better)
    • In 2006, resident Mad Scientist Labtech X made Gino Gambino explode in a Sphere of Destruction that apparently destroyed all of Gaia. No one was killed. (Johnny K. Gambino actually came back to life!) But the explosion did attract a bunch of aliens because it ripped a hole in the universe. This is a major plot point in the MMO.
    • In 2007, Gaia did a repeat of its classic 2004 joke, with boxes that apparently gave out Platinum Halos. (The Angelic Halo is one of the most expensive items on Gaia, and a silver version had long been requested). Equipping it gave you a classic "Sootface".
    • In 2008, The Easter Bunny (who happens to be a cyborg. Don't ask), angry that its holiday was being neglected, gave out Easter Eggs. When April 1st rolled around, users were asked to open their eggs...KABOOM! They also released a special pair of pants that could be worn as a multitude of different things...except, ironically, pants. (That pose was added in on the second)
    • In 2009, in response to complaints about Gaia accepting sponsorships and "selling out", Gaia created its most elaborate prank yet. The logo was altered to read "OMNIDRINK", with a tiny "presents Gaia Online" in the corner. A video on the main page implied that Gaia had been forcibly bought out by a Mega-Corp, that made products you were not supposed to drink. (Including a hilarious "Personal Improvement Spray", that apparently made you more manly). Players who visited the information page would see multiple messages asking them NOT TO DRINK OMNIDRINK PRODUCTS, and would be given a free sample of "Personal Improvement Spray", with a "CHUG IT!" option. The results aren't pretty.
      • The gag carried over to zOMG!, Gaia's MMO. Players logging in found that Omnidrink had redecorated Barton Town, and that a new Expansion Pack World (Based off both Greek and Aztec Mythology) had been added in. Players got a chance to board an Airship that would take them to this new world, but found that it simply took them to a fake loading screen, parodying zOMG's infamous loading issues from earlier builds. Upon returning to Barton Town, players received an equipable error message.
      • users began playing along with the zOMG! prank, by discussing the new world at length and explaining to those fooled that the airship had crashed because it was attacked by an Air Shark (made slightly more believable by the presence of a Landshark in the beach area). The Air Shark was later homaged by an evolving item's pose.
      • The forums played along with the joke as well, and began a war between those who had been brainwashed by OMNIDRINK, and the resistance.
    • In 2010 Gaians signed on to find a swf image with a video repeating "Loading..." over and over. On the left of the image was a button to be clicked, this button led to a 404 SUSHI ERROR page. Later, users were able to gain an item called "Phoenix Up" from the fake 404 page ...which later turned into a sootface, as well as a bonus pose of a Grunny coming out of the urn holding Johnny Gambino's ashes. They also added several blaring banner ads, some that even covered up avatar editing and trades. As of now there's no proof they were connected, but it ended up backfiring, and the developers fixed it.
      • Also, Dernier* Cri returned with a single item that cost 300 million gold and was only about a few pixels wide. The description says that it was made for "commemorating a very special day", which shows that Brennivin is at least in on the joke.
    • In 2011, Gaia decided to do Something Completely Different. Mike Sego stepped up for the job of replacement CEO after Craig decided to step down to pursue his own interests. When word got around that Mike had worked for Facebook in the past, there were considerable fears and doubts within the userbase concerning how he'd handle the site, eventually morphing into rumors that Facebook had in some manner acquired Gaia and was ruining the site. So much like Omnidrink, the staff relieased the Meowbook event as a response to the rumors. The forum posts all showed people with a few randomly chosen cat head clippings imposed over their avatar's head, emotes all recived a visual overhaul to give them cat ears, even the shop keepers were given cat heads. A Premium Cat Feast item could be claimed over the entire weekend by clicking the "brought to you by Meowbook" banner underneath the regular Gaia logo and clicking the submit button on the fake Meowbook signup page.
  • Granblue Fantasy:
    • 2015: The idol group of Vira, Mary, Lyria and Djeeta officially forms with them releasing their first song, "Kimi to Boku no Mirai/Our Future".
    • 2016: Theatrhythm: Granblue Fantasy, a parody of the Final Fantasy rhythm game, was available for a day as a minigame.
    • 2017: The one-day only "Big Bad Shadow" event launched with the Grand Blues version of Vyrn serving as the raid boss. Oh and the Bahamut battle song is sung by Kugimiya with the lyrics written from Vyrn's perspective.
    • 2018: "Big Bad Shadow" has a re-run with new costumes and the Oira minigame went up on the App Store and Google Play, a Taiko Drum Master parody with fifteen of Granblue Fantasy's vocal songs available to play through.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 has a freaking Mammoth Tank on 2009, which is essentially living mammoths outfitted for war. Though this didn't work terribly well, considering how silly the game already was (War bears, anyone?).
  • Every year, some gaming magazine/website or another announced that Nintendo and Camelot were finally making Golden Sun 3... then it was actually announced at E3 2009, which was sadly nowhere near April 1.
  • Not even Touhou is safe from this. On March 31st, 2008, a false trailer for a spinoff RPG was released. The fact that the trailer was a hack of Valkyrie Profile's engine, along with having very professional-looking graphics and remix of an official Touhou track, just made the revelation that it was all a lie and this amazing-looking game would never ever be playable hit even harder.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has done a joke each year since 2005. Since 2011, it's also been the day the Spectral Pickle Factory appears.
  • In 2008, the Puzzle Pirates staff "accidentally" allowed everybody to read a (fake) staff-only forum, which was filled with posts like "Bug report: My 'send instakill' button is grayed out."
  • In 2000, Cyan announced Myst Mayhem, Myst turned into a First-Person Shooter game. The gun-turret tower and foreground gun did appear as Easter Eggs in real!Myst.
  • LittleBigPlanet (PS3-only) had free "Hessian Sackboy Fragrances" DLC for a limited time (one week from April 1, 2010). They're simply extra hand animations.
  • BlazBlue versus Arcana Heart. This was found on Arcsys's website.
  • RuneScape has done several. In 2004, they announced that a cowboy-like merchant named Diango was selling Horses, which players had wanted to see in the game for a while. He was selling Horses- toy horsies.
    • Diango was later re-used in the 2005 and 2008 jokes, where two more popularly demanded items, dragon platebodies and dragon kite shields, usually abbreviated to "Dragon Plate" and "Dragon Kite" respectively, were sold. They were actual plates with a dragon on them, and kites with a dragon on them that could be flown. These joke items remained in the game after April Fools' Day, although re-named to make the fact that they were jokes more obvious. Dragon Platebodies and Dragon Kite Shields were actually added to the game later.
    • Their 2007 joke was a fake newsletter on the front page claiming a lot of silly cabbage-related updates were going to be released that month, with an actual newsletter being released the following day.
    • In 2009, they did something else cabbage related by making cabbages wieldable, and gave the ability to make some of the cabbages in the game able to move on their own and be kicked- with the secret joke that if you kicked one from Falador to Oo'glog (Which takes a really long time), the Cabbage King, Brassica Prime (mentioned in the 2007 joke) would show up and congratulate you.
    • In 2010, they announced that they were making a RuneScape theme park in England. It was an obvious joke, but some people thought it was real anyway until they revealed it was a joke the following day.
    • For 2012, they proclaimed that "P-hats" would be dropped all around RuneScape for players to pick up for free. ("P-hat" traditionally refers to the ultra-rare party hats that are some of the most valuable items in the game.) True to their word, major cities were littered with Pea Hats: green peas that you can wear on your head.
    • In 2014 they Trolled players by announcing on the website that due to a technical error, a section of the forum that was not intended for players to see had become viewable and asked that players not look at it. If you actually fell for the prank you would probably think that Runescape was going to Jump the Shark with all the bad ideas they talked about adding to the game. They also changed the animation for throwing logs into a fire to look like you were throwing party hats (one of the most expensive items in the game) into the fire.
  • Some versions of Football Manager have an Easter Egg / April Fools gag that shows up only when both the in-game date and the actual date is April 1st.
  • Every April 1, Bungie releases new information about Pimps at Sea, which apparently has the most advanced and complex economy in a game, ever.
  • League of Legends has dabbled in this a few times.
    • In 2009, they announced that Urf the Manatee (who uses a Spatula and a Chicken foot as his weapons) would be added to the game, but it was quickly revealed to be a joke.
    • In 2010, they did it again, but made it look much more official. Shorty before Urf was supposed to be released, it was announced that another champion, Warwick, had killed and skinned him. A skin was briefly released for Warwick that showed him wearing Urf, and all the proceeds were donated to real-life Manatee Preservation Groups.
    • In 2011, they posted a set of patch notes that would either be ridiculous in a game balance method, uses Memetic Mutation, or are otherwise pointless changes to make a joke on an aspect of the characters being 'changed'. In addition to this, they announced that the Blind Monk champion, who was dropped early in the game's development, was going to be released, but all the promotional material they released for him made him look to be the most brokenly overpowered champion in the game. When he was actually released, Lee Sin, the Blind Monk, was actually a well-balanced champion.
    • In 2012, a video was released advertising an upcoming 3D viewing option for the game.
    • In 2013, there was a Rampage parody starring Cho'Gath, which also contained a Jetpack Joyride parody with Teemo as an Easter Egg (Astro Teemo).
    • In 2014, they revealed Ultra Rapid Fire, a set of changes they dubbed "the next evolution of League of Legends" which included things such as removing everyone's mana or energy costs and giving everyone 80% cooldown reduction, x5 passive gold generation and a host of other fun bonuses.
  • Minecraft had an in-game Take That! at Team Fortress 2's crate system for April Fools 2011.
    • In 2013, Minecraft 2.0 was released, including overfeeding, tinted glass, and an event known as Super Hostile Mode, where a huge number of lightning bolts strike the ground around the player and a huge number of hostile mobs spawn.
  • Unfairly OddParents is an April Fools joke, composed primarily of unfair Trial-and-Error Gameplay.
  • An example that very rapidly became Hilarious in Hindsight: in 2006, Gamespot did an April Fools' article predicting the triumph of the console then known as the Nintendo Revolution in the next console war on the strength of its low price (for both the console and its games), its library of classic, inexpensive downloadable titles, and its ability to tap into markets that aren't thought of as "core gamers". Did we mention that this was meant to be an April Fools' joke?
  • The teams of two indie fighting games produced fake screenshots for supposed retro handheld versions of their series in 2012: Skull Girls had Skullgals for the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and the familiar puke-green classic Game Boy colors found their way to the supposed DSiWare "Nettou Battle High".
  • Operation Rainfall, an online campaign famous for getting the Wii games Xenoblade and The Last Story to the United States, announced that they would add another game to the campaign: Love Plus, a rather notorious Dating Sim that is otherwise known as "that one game where somebody married one of the characters in real life, ceremony and all." Considering the series's reputation, most people smelt a rat, and some wondered if they were being suicidal, since they've built up a reputation as crusaders against No Export for You. And sure enough, it was a joke.
  • peppy, the creator of osu! has a knack for adding April Fools' Day jokes to the game, which usually revolve around changes in its genre (touhousu!, a Touhou/osu! hybrid), gameplay (osu!core, which revolves around random increase in pitch and speed in beatmaps) and beatmaps (pretending to approve and praise an extremely poorly made beatmap).
    • Some of these pranks have become official, though: the osu!core mechanic is still available in the game as the hidden Nightcore mod and touhousu! has been confirmed to be in development by peppy.
    • The forums would also join in on the April Fools' Day pranks.
  • Four Leaf Studios, the group behind Katawa Shoujo, has had one every year since 2008:
    • 2008: The announcement of KSS: Katawa Shoujo Shoujo.
    • 2009: Katawa Shoujo will be fully voiced.
    • 2010: In conjunction with Studio DEEN, Katawa Shoujo will have an anime series.
    • 2011: Future plans to add two more routes, bonus content, exclusive merchandise, premium content (such as the ability to save your game), and no advertising, all because it would now be hosted by Steam.
    • 2012: It didn't stop just because the game had been released. Now available in HD with all objectionable content removed.
    • 2013: Plans for KS2 are cancelled. Instead, they will proceed to KS3.
  • Paradox Interactive had two jokes in 2013:
  • For 2011's April Fools' Egosoft published a fake trailer for Nautilus, an animated film set in their X-Universe series. In 2012 they claimed that X Rebirth has a Dance Central method of lowering prices.
  • ArenaNet, creators of Guild Wars, began running relatively low-key pranks in 2007. Each year a set of joke updates is made public along with an additional one-day change to the game.
    • 2007: All players are gender-swapped.
    • 2008: All players are converted into stick-figures.
    • 2009: All players are converted into Gwen-chan, a chibi-deformed version of story character Gwen.
    • 2010: All players are scaled down to the size of miniature pets. All miniature pets are scaled up to normal size.
    • 2011: The quest "Annihilator", a Terminator spoof, is made available, featuring time travel to stop the Annihilator golem from killing Gwen's mother.
    • 2012: The quest "Annihilator II: Searing Day" is made available, featuring time travel to stop the G-1000 from killing Gwen as a child. Character dialogue lampshades many criticisms of the Prophecies storyline, especially the fan base's mockery of Prince Rurik.
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  • Legends of Equestria:
    • 2014: The game was purchased by Facebook for a million dollars. The announcement even included a fake screenshot of the game running on a Facebook webpage. This was an obvious Take That! at Facebook's purchase of the Oculus Rift.
    • 2017: Legends of Sockquestria. Because the fandom has an obsession with ponies in socks apparently.
    • 2018: LoE now has microtransactions. Like back in 2014, this was a Take That! at the microtransaction scandal that had hit other AAA games recently.
  • The Frostbite engine (used in the Battlefield series among other things) is incapable of running on Wii U hardware without severe issues (though this has been brought into question when Crytek later confirmed that the latest version of Cry Engine, a more taxing engine, can run just fine on Wii U hardware). Despite this, its developers announced in 2014 that they would back-port the engine to the console anyway and went on tweet what were allegedly progress updates. This development, however, read less like harmless joking and more like an excuse to fire off some of the pettiest, most vicious anti-Nintendo and -Wii U Take Thats imaginable. It was taken to such an extreme that Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore eventually issued a public apology and deleted the offending tweets after the inevitable Internet Backdraft, with the Frostbite twitter account being updated to say that the offending programmer was acting alone and did not represent EA as a whole.
  • Rovio Entertainment leaked a rough draft of a fake press release for Angry Birds Eagle Eye, a virtual reality headset for playing Angry Birds simulations. In addition, the Bad Piggies Facebook and Twitter feeds announced that birds are cool and they now like celery rather than eggs.
    • For 2015, Rovio released a preview for a fake game called Agri Birds, a game about the birds trying to save their farm from the Mighty Bagel, who intends to demolish it into a golf course. The birds are given limbs, Hal is reimagined as Sasha Lynx, and there is a Gameplay Roulette — in addition to the farming simulation, there's a Light Gun Game where Matilda shoots moles, a Virtual Paper Doll featuring the aforementioned Sasha Lynx, a Visual Novel mode in which characters interact with each other, and a Survival Horror sequence where the player is stalked by the Blues.
  • Mighty No. 9:
  • The developers at [erka:es] has pulled a few for Rosenkreuzstilette:
    • Years before the sequel's development, they posted mock screenshots of RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel on their website.
    • One was planned but was missed due to personal issues, which involved Liebea Palesch's brother Kahl parodying the classic Castlevania series with Kahl as an expy of Simon Belmont.
    • In 2013, a short-lived RosenkreuzStilette Lustatem April Fool's site was dedicated to the RKS's resident Cloudcuckoolander.
  • TYPE-MOON's April Fools usually consist of changing their website for some outrageous concept starring their proprieties. To wit:
    • 2005: Neco-ARC: the Movie, a film starring everybody's favorite Joke Character from Melty Blood.
    • 2006: Hazakura Romantic, a seemingly original BL novel concept (co-opted with nitro+) that left many people wishing for their Defictionalization.
    • 2008: Type Moon as a girl wrestling promotion! Also this year was Fake/states night, a joke spinoff concept written by Ryohgo Narita, of all people, as a April Fools for his own site. It was later released as Fate/strange fake in the official TYPE-MOON magazine, and from there got official light novel and manga series.
    • 2009: moon.cinemas.jp, a site imitating a typical movie theater chain front page, where all the movies were parodies of well known films (up to including a parody of Densha Otoko starring Waver Velvet and Fate/Zero!Rider that was revived as the April Fools joke for ufotable in 2012). Hilarious in Hindsight because one of the "movies" announced, one based on the (then book only) epilogue for the movie series of Kara no Kyoukai, was eventually done and released for real.
    • 2010: Rather than fully changing the main page as in former years, Twitter- sorry, TMitter feeds were added to the site. Hilarious and very in character Twitter feeds from their most popular characters.
    • 2011: Instead of a typical joke, for their main page they released a serious short story about the very concept of April Fools, titled "The Room of the April Witch". For their mobile site, on the other side, they reprogrammed it to show a different (parodic) image and accompanying text with each reload.
    • 2012: Koha-ACE, a poster for a movie parodying Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. The accompanying texts did a self-deprecation number on their constant delays on Mahou Tsukai No Yoru's release, through.
    • 2013: Back Alley Satsuki - Chapter Heroine Sanctuary, a hilarious parody of Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Chapter, with new episodes being released during the day. Featuring a lot of characters from their lesser known franchises, and even a character from a light novel written by a member of the staff of the eternally unreleased then-visual-novel-now-anime Girls' Work.
    • 2014: The return of the TMitter! Also, TM-channel, a series of Nico Nico Douga-like "streams" of several characters, some of them done in a vlog style.
    • 2015: A triple combo: the "release" of a new character for the capsule minigame in the Playstation Vita version of Fate/hollow ataraxia, a Pokemon-style championship on said game (complete with A-tuborudo and The Big Ben Company branding), and "Imperial Roma", a talent agency launching the idol careers of several chharacters (Nero being the main spotlight), complete with release dates and everything. Also the TMitter came back again.
    • 2016: All of the card art in Fate/Grand Order got changed to the Super-Deformed artstyle of the Learning with Manga! FGO webcomic. Including TYPE-MOON's official website, which had fake news plastered all over it, with one headline dramatically announcing that Nasu was too busy playing Dark Souls III to give a shit about anything.
    • 2017: A joke app parodying Pokémon GO, Fate/Grand Order Gutentag Omen, only available for that day, was released, allowing players to "catch" Servants using Quartz. Also, Learning With Manga! FGO card art for all the characters introduced in the previous year.
    • 2018: Another batch of Learning With Manga! FGO card art for the characters introduced in the previous year, and a rerun of Fate/Grand Order Gutentag Omen, again only available for that day.
    • 2019: FGO QUEST, a Retraux RPG featuring the Learning With Manga! chibis, was made playable for the day.
  • In 2015, Capcom announced a special version of Dai Gyakuten Saiban where every character is an anthropomorphic dog. And Sherlock Holmes is replaced with Sherlock Hound.
  • For a single day (April 1st 2015), Dying Light's physics were changed to preposterous ragdoll levels that lets you send enemies flying away with a single hit.
  • In 2015 Star Trek Online's devs made a big deal about a Star Trek Online: Rebirth that was now live on the Redshirt testing server. A careful reading of the release makes it pretty clear that what's actually going on is they brought back the original release build of STO for the day.
  • The team behind Project M likes to release special videos on this day, always ending with a fake tease of a brand new character:
    • For 2013, Turbo Mode is revealed, although the video depicts it as a massive overhaul of the core gameplay. The character of the year is Pichu (specifically, the spiky-eared version from HeartGold and SoulSilver).
    • For 2014, gameplay is shown of two characters: Ike Climbers (a mix between Ike and the Ice Climbers) and Slippy Toad (who isn't shown fighting back). The character of the year is Ridley.
    • For 2015, PMDev claimed that they're hacking the original N64 game instead, with the footage showing players with skins based on the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64. Sheik, Charizard, Falco, Ganondorf, Sonic, Diddy Kong, Bowser, the Ice Climbers, Olimar, Mewtwo, Mr. Game & Watch, and Snake all get matching Retraux skins. The character of the year is Parasect.
  • Flipline Studios, creators of the Papa Louie Arcade series of video games, have done this on many occasions.
    • For 2012, they announced a game called "Rico's Chiliria", which starred the character Rico cooking chili for customers.
    • In 2013, Rico appeared again in a hoax game called "Rowdy Rico: When Chili Attacks". This was done during production of the second Papa Louie platformer.
    • 2014 broke the trend of Rico-related hoaxes with the announcement of a real-life Taco Mia! (like the one in the game).
    • In 2015, a Papa's Wingeria-HD themed April Fools Day joke involving real-life versions of sauces featured in the game appeared.
  • In 2015, 13AM Games posted a fake guest character reveal trailer for Runbow, which shows that an apparent group of characters are actually one single entity — the Abowmination! The real characters wouldn't be revealed for almost two more weeks.
  • In MapleStory, the Boss Pink Bean was originally introduced as an April Fools joke, but players loved him so much that Nexon made him a permanent addition.
  • The blog site for Missing Stars posted a character bio for a girl named "Renée Baum" during the period in 2012 when they were announcing official character designs. Renee's bio had some traits of other characters and her design did slightly stand out due to her (dyed) green hair but she didn't seem too odd, so some fans thought she was a legit character.
  • In 2016, Disney announced a subline of Disney Infinity figures with character-appropriate smells (Spot smells like dirt, Baloo smells like bananas, Sadness smells like rain, Disgust smells like broccoli, Nick smells like popsicles, Judy smells like carrots and Tinkerbell smells like fairy dust)
  • In 2016, Playtonic Games' Twitter account announced that Yooka-Laylee would become a Sega Saturn exclusive "due to budget constraints."
  • Tell Tale Games recently announced their next episodic game: a Five Nights at Freddy's adaptation. Yeah, it sounds plausible, but what tipped people off that it was a hoax? Scott Cawthon wasn't involved in the dev process.
  • A demake of Bayonetta was published on Steam on April 1st, 2017note , which really upset those who were expecting a proper PC port of Bayonetta... that they ultimately got ten days later.
  • The Binding of Isaac:
    • Daily runs introduced in Afterbirth have special gimmicks on certain days. On April 1st, the playable character is the Red Herring "old man" sprites for Keeper, who starts with random trinkets. Item effects are also randomized.
    • Afterbirth+ has the challenge "April's Fool" named after the day, which gives a map that doesn't really worknote , items that have different appearances from what they really are, active items that can use any other active item effect, pills, cards, and runes using different pill or rune/card effects from what they say, pickups also give any random pickup effect except what they appear to be (coins actually give health, keys can give money, etc), and every single boss is replaced with the much-hated Bloat. The reward is also laughably Boring, but Practical: resident Mighty Glacier Magdalene starts out with a pill, but said pill is always a Speed Up that brings her to the average speed.
  • The iDOLM@STER:
    • In 2005 they announced a home version of the game was in development.... except that this "home version" was just a single unit of the arcade system. Highlights include being small enough to fit into a pocket (owned by a blue cat robot) and an internal battery (estimated battery life: 15 seconds). This turned out to be foreshadowing for the Xbox 360 version which at the time was about to begin development.
    • In 2006 they announced an anime adaptation, with Haruka as the transforming Masked Idol. Again, some months later Idolmaster: Xenoglossia was announced.
    • In 2011 the site for the then upcoming anime advertised "Yayoi's Bean Sprouts". Clicking on the link would lead you to a fake "Amamizon" page.
    • Since 2015 the franchise's multiple mobile games have all released a variety of April Fools' events.
  • Shortly before April 1, 2018, Pokémon GO changed the Pokemon images in the Pokedex, the Nearby tracker, and the list of captured Pokemon to the 8-bit sprites seen in PC boxes in the main series.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links unleashed an army of Tristans who are so weak you win just by talking to them.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius teased an extremely long 365-round gauntlet of enemies with an extremely challenging final boss... before announcing that nobody on the operations team could beat said boss and giving all players a Rare Summon Ticket instead.
  • In 2018 Path of Exile devs decided to cash in on the Battle Royale fad and created Path of Exile: Royale, which took a single day of development to make. The game mode itself plays like the original but in a 100 player deathmatch mode as how the games of the genre go. Funnily enough, most players consider this as the best PvP experience the game ever offered.
  • For two years, Crate Entertainment posted fake changelogs for their game Grim Dawn. It contained silly game changes such as an overly long Boss Banter before fighting Lokarr, increasing ragdolling by 1000%, casting Wind Devils be dependent on weather conditions, adding 4 new masteries while remove all existing masteries and much more.
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    • Most of its gags have been joke charts, such as "The Rhythm Sense Test" (just tapping a consistent rhythm across the entire "song" — which is just a metronome that eventually slows down and fade out. Plus the master difficulty chart hides the notes entirely), "Wonderland Wars Theme" (which requires more than just your hands to play)
    • For 2018, the game unveiled its new version, maimai III, a parody of beatmania III. It has floppy disk support, foot pedals, and three-player co-op charts. They made good on the last one, though.
  • Quake Champions: Doom Edition had a fake trailer for Rick and Morty as playable characters.
  • Cookie Run:
    • In late March 2018, a Fortune Cookie event opened up where you could read each Cookie's "truthful saying"; of course, these were always the opposite of how they normally acted, with GingerBrave saying to go back into the Witch's Oven, the inarticulate Zombie Cookie revealing that they could speak normally the whole time, and Dark Choco Cookie reminding the player to keep a positive attitude. On the day itself, certain Cookies had their sprites reversed so that it looked like they were running backwards; if you found them, you got a Cyrstal reward.
    • In 2019, an extra-short New Cookie Cup and Trial (normally reserved for new or buffed Cookies) were held for GingerBrave, the weakest Cookie. The announcement was... interestingly designed and warned that "Within GingerBrave's Trial, certain Treasures and Choco Drop's Pet Skill may or may not function... 'properly'". By that, they mean that the maximum effective level for Treasures was 1 instead of 7. For the Trial itself, the background and Jellies looked like a child made them in MS Paint and the music was a shitty chiptune remix of Land 1's theme. While running, Potions would disappear and trampolines would materialize out of thin air, and all point values were vastly inflated so that one could reach the goal of 555,555,555 points note . Even the Trial Missions got in on the act, as all were horribly misspelled, and the last one was "IDK LEL ¯\_(ツ)_/¯". Meeting the Trial goals gave you the Jelly skins to use permanently.
  • HAL Laboratory has done this for Kirby a few times:
    • In 2018, the Japanese Kirby website was redesigned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Waddle Dee.
    • In 2019, they released a square redesign for Kirby. Naturally, they also announced a circular redesign for Qbby, the protagonist of BoxBoy!. The Twitter account for the latter also posted pictures of round Qbby facing the perils of golf clubs, baseball bats, and table tennis paddles.
  • A common meme among Duolingo users is taking the frequent push notifications to the extreme of Duo forcing you in real life to take your daily lesson. On April 1, 2019, the company embraced this by promoting a program called Duolingo Push. A monthly subscription would have a giant mascot version of Duo show up, so you can't ignore the reminders anymore. The joke isn't quite as frightening as the meme typically portrays Duo, though.
  • In 2010, Sunsoft announced that a "lost" Blaster Master title for the Nintendo PlayChoice-10, Blaster Master: Destination Fred, would be released for WiiWare. The plot of this game was that the Plutonium Boss tried to inject deadly nanomachines into Jason and Fred, but only managed to hit the poor frog. Jason and SOPHIA III were then shrunk to travel inside Fred and destroy the nanomachines before they prove fatal.
  • Frontwing (of Grisaia Series and Island fame) turned their homepage into a fake movie site for King of Grisaia, even including a page for the film's hypothetical "cheer screenings".

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