April Fools’ Day 2017: Hijinks across the MMOverse

If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.

For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.

Shroud of the Avatar has announced it’s splitting into two halves, PvE and PvP, in a move it’s calling Trammucca! If you don’t get this, you’re too young for MMORPGs.

EVE Online introduces the Organic Mass Granulator to help you reprocess corpses and slaves! Spreadsheets to keep track of your grinding sold separately.

Black Desert is unveiling its new line of whiskey, Black Spirit, which I’ma start drinking as soon as I finish this list.

The FFXI and FFXIV subreddits joined forces to announce a brand-new spin-off game.

Guild Wars 2 is once again running the Super Adventure Box, this year with new achievements and weapon skins.

Crowfall’s April Fools’ Day joke started out as a joke, then got real. As in, you can really buy the joke stuff their non-artists drew. Thanks Rheem!

RuneScape announces… UnScape — a game where you start max level and delevel all the way back to newbiehood. OK, we laughed.

Atlas Reactor has a whole set of “4.1” patch notes with bits like “Titus’ Dirty Fighting has been reworked to Clean Fighting; his dagger has been replaced with a bar of soap” and a cardboard box outfit for Rampart.

Like VR? Like retro games? Prepare yourselves for AQ3D’s take on Retro VR!

Aion is instituting a curfew system to help you get more sleep by forcibly powering down your PC during sleepytime hours.

Bristlebane Day has returned to EverQuest II! Today is also known as the Highest of Silly days in honor of Gary Gygax, so don’t miss out on the special quest and rewards for that too.

Champions Online’s FoxbatCon has returned in celebration of April Fools’ Day.

Defiance is running its last weekend of Armistice events; it’s not strictly a joke event, but anyone logging in this weekend will pick up three days of sub status.

War Thunder has introduced a map called The Middle East. What could go wrong? (Thanks, Boris!)

This Devilian spring event isn’t strictly an April Fools’ Day joke, but it’s goofy, so hey why not.

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World of Tanks has a joke extension called Trendstopper to help you think like an action hero.

Elsword: “Be our guest! because baby, we were Maid for this!” Yep.

Life is Feudal added pay-to-win “sleeper’s ale” to the game. Not really though! (Thanks, Robert!)

Dark Age of Camelot has joke patch notes up. “The number of quickbars has been reduced to two, but each quickbar has been expanded to 100 slots per page.” And so on.

RIFT has added goats as combat pets… whee!

Why not strip down and run around whacking everyone with a broom, Elder Scrolls Online wants to know. (Thanks, MrSaxon and Hurbster!)

Warframe is introducing what looks like a pinecone warframe. Thanks, ZenDadaist!

Titan Network has made changes to the City of Heroes Paragon Chat client — just one face and select dance moves, and they’re renaming it Millennium Chat. Hah!

Secret World Legends announced another reformat of its game type. Way too soon for this, dudes.

We’re sure there are more… give a shout-out in the comments as you spot them!

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Nick Smith

My fav so far is the moonlight threshcone from Warframe. Epic music for an epic cone :)
However, i had a big laugh at Cloud Pirates new gameplay!

Captains!

We are proud to present the newest addition to Cloud Pirates – Update 1.2.1 “Waves of the Seven Seas”, bringing a large number of groundbreaking changes – because the sky is for dreamers but the sea is for real men!

Woohoo!

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Tia Nadiezja

I’m surprised the article doesn’t mention STO’s bout of absurdity, with them replacing most of the game’s sound effects with the staff making noises with their mouths like they’re playing with toy space ships.

The raw number of ways they say “Engage” when you hit full impulse alone makes it work.

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Vexmaiden

I agree, that was one up there with the likes of Everquest’s stick figure gag (2009 I think) where I logged on and all the models were changed to actual stick figures.

I was playing around with the interface to hear all the crazy human-created sound effects, cracking up. My favorites were the transporter effects and the hilarious ERR-REEEEE-DOO (simulating the 60’s intercom sound effect). Truly original.

I’m saddened I didn’t think to test the full impulse ones you mentioned!

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Sorenthaz

Also can get a bucket helmet in ESO.

Best part? The broom and the bucket are both in a “Pay to Lose” tab in the store, luuul.

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Ben Stone

At least they acknowledge AEGIS needs a redesign / bin.

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Manastu Utakata

And in case any was wondering what’s up with that proverbial elephant in the room, this just in: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/6505-Classic-Battle-net-Theme-BlizzCon-Textual-Attendance-Patch-7-8-0-Alpha-Notes

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Richie K

Tiger Knight Empire Wars are adding light sabers
http://steamcommunity.com/games/TK/announcements/detail/469905196782071733

Plus a new mode called Water Warfare which introduces naval combat.

Cyclone Jack
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Cyclone Jack

I’d be ALL OVER that Tactics Alexander. :) FFT is, by far, my favorite FF game, and one of my favorite turn-based tactics game.

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Sythalin Chambers

Huh. Seems Blizz took this year off. I guess they’re too busy trying to figure out how to add loot boxes to D3 and WoW.

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Roger Christie

Blended whisky? Pfui.

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Armsman

Looks like Cryptic did something for Star Trek Online:
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10453933-the-artisanal-sonification-system-is-here
Also
While this isn’t directly MMO related – I love what Nvidia did for 4/1:

hurbster
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hurbster

I do find it fascinating that an add-on in ESO had an April Fools quest.

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Shiro Madoushi

I play ArchAge where no extra effort is ever put in by Trion. We got nothing. Trion even admitted on their (sometimes) weekly livestream that they don’t really have anything planned other than a few cash shop additions for the next 2 months. I guess the joke is always on us.

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Sythalin Chambers

The joke is that people still log into that P2W trash.

Dolvic
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Dolvic
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Paul

Kind of wish SotA would split off the PvP :P

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Manastu Utakata

We should have maid costume options in WoW. o.O

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Zen Dadaist

Warframe is selling official merch of the Moonlight Threshcone (which is an injoke that won’t mean anything to non players): https://forums.warframe.com/topic/781553-introducing-the-limited-edition-collectors-moonlight-threschone/

There’s also an actually real in-game Glyph set for sale (think forum avatars and sprays to deface walls with) of meme images like a potato and John Prodman.

Last year’s voice packs were funnier. Still WTB a Vay Hek and a Tyl Regor voice pack.

(The WF Reddit nicked Destiny’s CSS and it seemed to go down rather well. DO NOT however brave the WF Wiki if you’re sensitive to jiggling, spinning images or comic sans.)

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MesaSage

I’m always surprised by how unimaginative game companies are when it comes to April Fool’s. You’d think that people who spend all their time in a creative endeavor would be, well, more creative. If I were doing something on April Fool’s day for an MMO, it would be something that actually brought more people into the game with some hope of reward. Tell users that some rogue boss character has run amok through the game and they need help to bring it down. And then, actually put the thing in there (somewhere off the beaten path) and offer a huge bounty.

Crow
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Crow

When it becomes expected, it becomes a task and a chore. There’s a bit of this, I think, where it is a marketing opportunity via a “joke” and not a joke for the sake of making people laugh, per se.

That said, some of these made me chuckle.

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MesaSage

The problem is everyone expects any news to be bogus, so announcing anything is met with immediate recognition of fakery. Anything counter to that would be unexpected.

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MrSaxon

I’m surprised you didn’t include ESO persuading players to run around dungeons in bucket helmets and their underwear, hitting bad guys with a broom.

hurbster
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hurbster

And the mysterious note…

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Armsbend

I wonder if developers still think this is fun or if it is more of a chore now. I know it is certainly a chore as a gamer every year to find anything remotely humorous any longer.

Zulika Mi-Nam
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Zulika Mi-Nam

I look at any holiday not related to drinking as a chore. No one bothers me on St. Patrick’s or Cinco de Mayo or Independence Day or Fridays.
Last night I tried to go to the A Song of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones book series) reddit page only to have it redirect to another series I have no interest in -somehow that is funny.

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