April Fools’ Day around the MMOverse

Happy April Fools’ Day, and remember not to believe anything you read on the internet today! We’re stepping outside of our own BuzzFeed-headline prank for a moment to deliver a quick look at some of the events and gags playing out today across the MMORPG genre.

Shown in the header: a cel-shaded graphical overhaul to Paragon Chat, one of the last remaining ways to get your City of Heroes fix.

Super Adventure Box has really, truly returned to Guild Wars 2. The fake patch notes that arrived today, however, are not to be trusted! “Fixed an exploit that allowed chronomancers to go back in time and kill their opponents in PvP before the match began. Fully customizable UI has been added, with scripting support for Ada, COBOL, and Fortran.” Hah! (Thanks, Xephyr!)

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Blizzard unveiled a Hearthstone MMO, a new mount-based transportation company called Flyt, and Azeroth TV, plus there’s the usual run of fake World of Warcraft: Legion alpha patch notes and the newly unveiled Frostdoge Clan.

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Final Fantasy XIV got it on the ridesharing jokes to with the announcement of ChocoGo, an “all-new, 100% green, chocobo-driven transportation initiative that will be launching soon in a city near you.”

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Having some fun with Overwatch’s recent Tracer pose controversy, Daum insists it’s putting butt poses into Black Desert’s PvP game.

The RuneScape wiki has changed its default language to Chinese in light of Jagex’s buyout by the “#1 mining company in china since 1976”! The game has also promised VR support, cabbage-themed bosses, and mounts: “We’ve listened to your whining on the forums and we know that you lot can’t even be bothered to walk to your favourite scamming spots.” (Thanks, John!)

World of Fishing has been invaded by mermaids thanks to hackers!

Saga of Lucimia says it’s moving to a full PvP design, with open looting and a cash shop.

Neverwinter’s Portobello Campaign is live and actually playable, not just a joke!

Trinium Wars says it’s aiding democracy by granting players GM powers. What could go wrong?

Allods Online welcomed the “Day of Fun” with fabulous hats and magical clocks!

The Division introduced… The Dogvision.

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Wargaming invites players to siege the moon in World of Tanks and bathe in a jacuzzi in World of Warships.

While War Thunder has introduced sailing vessels.

Dark Age of Camelot has announced a new VR version!

Skyforge announced it’s revamping itself into a turn-based strategy MMO.

Not strictly an MMO, but that’s OK! League of Legends is celebrating… Draven Day. (Thanks, Sorenthaz!)

SMITE (thanks Sorenthaz again!) has revealed new playable god Manticore and patch 3.5.5. “The Manticore remembers being cut from the game and holds anger at the gods that stayed.”

Crowfall isn’t even out yet and is getting in on the action. (Thanks, Francis!)

Hardcore survival game Life is Feudal would like you to give peace a chance. (Thanks, Craig!)

The Black Desert subreddit has renamed itself Black Age, while the ArcheAge sub has announced Pearl Abyss is buying the rights to ArcheAge. (Thanks, Leiloni and Tanek!)

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Star Trek Online has announced playable Horta! “Too long has their rocky past kept the Horta at the foot of the galactic table! This unusually-charismatic and agile species once hailed from the planet Janus VI. Since their humble beginnings as silicon eggs, the Horta have grown to become key members of the Federation.”

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The Elder Scrolls Online has up a set of spoof patch notes too. “The White Gold Tower is now the Black Blue Tower. Please note that some monsters in this dungeon don’t agree with this change, and will need to be convinced via a discussion before you can attack and defeat them in order to advance.” (Thanks, Tandor!)

Blizzard just remembered Diablo III still exists, so it put out some silly swag buyables, including Hammer Pajammers.

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Star Citizen proposes an in-game Intergalactic Food Delivery profession. (Thanks, Fastcart!)

Wizard101 added a rubber ducky mount!

This is but a handful of the MMO-related jokes today, and we’re updating as we find them — what else have you seen?

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Yayuyo
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Yayuyo

Till this week’s podcast I didn’t notice MOP was doing click-bait headlines that day. Guess I’ve just come expect click-bait everywhere. Sadly. you got me.

Tongle
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Tongle

DPandaren For the longest time HoTS really did feel like Heroes of Azeroth.

flatline4400
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flatline4400

Here’s something for all you VR enthusiasts to help in the coming summer months…

http://www.cryorig.com/afvr.php
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AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

They should really do that! Would be so appropriate!

DPandaren
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DPandaren

The Hearthstone one is hilarious since Blizzard has gone full circle now with a past April Fool’s: Warcraft: Heroes of Azeroth.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Siphaed hehehe just watched it myself. Fun stuff

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

A Dad Supreme Flimflamberge Paragon chat actually exists, dude. It’s not an April Fools gag itself, just the cel-shading.

Sythalin
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Sythalin

It honestly amazes me the small selection of religious figures they won’t touch for some reason.

TonyVz
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TonyVz

LegendOfVinnyT Hey now, we’re not bitter that CO survived.  In fact, personally, I thought Jack Emmert’s post following the closure of City of Heroes was really classy and I’ve been known to pop into Millennium City now and then.  (See?  I even know how to spell “Millennium”…)  Of course, being a large community, there are always individuals who feel various levels of bitterness at various things, and that’s fine for the most part (as long as they don’t get abusive about it), but collectively as a community, I wouldn’t say we felt one way or another about CO.

As for the mix-up, yeah, we’re used to that at the Titan Network.  Internally, we just usually note it (“Whoops, misattribution…”) and move on with life.  There are worse people to be associated with, and we’re stoked about City of Titans too, so it’s all good.

Caerulei
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Caerulei

Kodimus Daum gets all my likes.  Super clever way to jab.

Robert80
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Robert80

Stronghold kingdoms did one too… about mobile:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVAX7vwGk4
I tried to keep my own classy, with nothing more than a simple pun in my writing that, I admit, has been done before quite thoroughly.  *I have a tiny little ESO webcomic about a Khajit named Doh-do.*  So of course I talked about baked treats, and asked everyone to report what favorite batter based thing they decide to indulge in!

Tr3vayne
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Tr3vayne

You forgot about Derek Smart’s Line of Defense: http://store.steampowered.com/app/266620

bakkahentai2600
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bakkahentai2600
Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

https://dd.reddit.com/r/warframe  Apparently Warframe became WORFrame.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Leilonii Haha oops. Oh well, not sorry! I like my vidya games and my makeup! :D

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Now I know what subs Bree follows on Reddit haha

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

If SMITE really wanted to pull a good April Fools joke, they should’ve announced the addition of Jesus, Moses, and Muhammad to the game.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Rozyn tobascodagama ManastuUtakata If you read the massively today, it does seems like that.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

ManastuUtakata “MASSIVELY COMPILES ALL THE APRIL’S FIRST JOKES IN A TOPIC. THE RESULTS ARE AWESOME!”

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

I absolutely adored the ChocoGo ad. The whole thing was just really wonderfully produced.

frzn
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frzn

The overwatch reddit one was kind of cruel, a fake “overwatch is now playable” message randomly pops up.

Francis courant
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Francis courant

Oleg Chebeneev lol the tea break

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

There is currently april fools cast of League of Legends and its the most hilarious shit ever: https://www.twitch.tv/riotgames

tanek_09
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tanek_09

Xephyr Finally! :PAdded toilet-flushing sound effect on use of the Mystic Forge.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

That FFXIV ChocoGo vid is EPIC!!!

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Armsbend …I would actually pay for this. 
Damn you, April Fools!

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Think I got all the new ones everyone’s posted and emailed in up to this point. Last one I put in was Star Citizen, still cracking up over that one. Thanks guys. <3

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

“Fully customizable UI has been added, with scripting support for Ada, COBOL, and Fortran.”

No APL?

undeadtexan
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undeadtexan

This is still my favorite April fools joke. I wanted it to be real so badly.

http://wowwiki.wikia.com/wiki/Ogre_(April_Fools)

Xephyr
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Xephyr

GW2 fake patch notes: https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/info/updates/Game-Update-Notes-April-1-2016-Part-2

NobleNerd
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NobleNerd

tanek_09 This one was good!

NobleNerd
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NobleNerd

Siphaed Francis courant Agree. For it to be an April Fool’s joke it is suppose to be believable.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

LegendOfVinnyT I tweaked it, thanks guys. I still think of them as being essentially the same, same origin story, blah blah, but I understand why they don’t want us to do that. :D

LegendOfVinnyT
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LegendOfVinnyT

Indeed.
Paragon Chat == Titan Network == “We’re still bitter that CO survived while CoH is dead.”
City of Titans == Missing Worlds Media == “Be cool to CO players, because they might be our best customers as they run like hell away from Perfect World and Cryptic.”

Francis courant
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Francis courant

Siphaed Francis courant Well I’m disappointed to learn that you didn’t appreciate the video.

quinnthalas
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quinnthalas

Blizzard, the only company that updates its april fools jokes more often than it updates its mmo.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Nordavind Yep! <3

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Francis courant 
Lame video is lame.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

That smite video was hilarious!

BigAngryPlays
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BigAngryPlays

breetoplay It’s not actually City of Titans, it’s Titan Network, which is completely unrelated.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Hah, I just came here to ask if MOPs joke were the clickbaity headings :)

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

BabaGraPL tanek_09 “Pearl Abyss buys ArcheAge” man if only that were true.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Tandor Shadewalker Haha yes reading those now. Thanks for the link, these are hilarious!

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Also patch 3.5.5 notes:  http://www.smitegame.com/new-in-smite-patch-3-5-5/

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

breetoplay Oleg Chebeneev

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Leilonii breetoplay /r/leagueoflegends is doing a super old retro LoL theme + allowing “shitposts” to be up on the front page.    /r/Smite hasn’t changed much beyond the super trolly game popup on the righthand corner and then the banner having a doge on it.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

MOP’s Upworthyish headlines today are extremely on-point.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

tobascodagama ManastuUtakata Halp! I keep clicking your comment, I can’t stop myself!

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Coming soon Warframe Lotus voicepacks:

https://warframe.com/lotus-packs/?

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Here’s one definitely worth adding into the article with screenshots breetoplay  – the Black Desert and ArcheAge subreddits changed CSS styles today. It’s kind of amazing haha.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ArcheAge

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlackDesertOnline

And on a slightly less fun note, /r/WoW has a new banner that makes people think the entire sub has been banned (until you scroll down and realize it’s just a banner).

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