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!)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!)
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.”
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.
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?