Whether you love it or dread it, April Fools’ Day is happening everywhere, specifically to annoy copyeditors who have to fix that dang apostrophe a hundred times. And nowhere is the day more celebrated than in MMOs, where devs just love subverting your trust in their virtual worlds with pranks. Here are some of the best ones we’ve found in our searching today… so far!
Guild Wars 2 has gone to the dogs, literally. Lion’s Arch has been taken over by doggos who need some scritches. Yes, there’s stuff to do, achievements, and minis. There are silly patch notes to go along with it.
Everyone knows that cats are beings of enormous power and unfathomable wisdom, but where should a hero turn when might and mystery can’t soothe their weary heart? You may find the answer in Lion’s Arch…and it would appreciate a scratch behind the ears. https://t.co/xfiTDZOW0k pic.twitter.com/eyYvZIMJa3
— Guild Wars 2 (@GuildWars2) March 31, 2022
Lost Ark’s Korean team announced a hard pivot to VR!
City of Heroes’ Homecoming’s events actually began last night with Mapserver Madness; it runs through Tuesday: “Assembling the most terrifying, under baked, and volatile code it could conjure, the Dreaded Mapserver has assembled a violent army of glitches, bugs, broken scripts, and other abominations to attempt to wipe out all life as we know it! It is up to the brave players of our world to rise and combat the sentient Dreaded Mapserver, drive back its wicked and unstable minions, and to exterminate the fiend’s sentience with a hard reboot!”
Diablo has rebranded. I mean, we’d play it?
Hi, we’ve rebranded. 👉👈 pic.twitter.com/X4JKtu6rHK
— Diablo (@Diablo) April 1, 2022
Elyon introduces… Elyon Twister!
Is this game bringing back good memories or triggering childhood trauma to you?
Now you can explore Harth with a Twist!
Jump on those runes stone attributes, fight against your rivals, and try to survive one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: Elyon Twister! 🌀 pic.twitter.com/9nfsDV8QGx
— Elyon (@Elyon_thegame) April 1, 2022
Valheim announced a new deer-themed expansion.
— Valheim (@Valheimgame) April 1, 2022
Pantheon announced Graybox Classic, a permanent graybox mode who really need that throwback tester experience.
You asked, and we listened! As classic renditions of MMORPGs become more coveted, we wanted to ensure all Pantheons fans got the quintessential raw experience, so without further ado, introducing Graybox Classic. pic.twitter.com/lDyQnMT5vK
— Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (@PantheonMMO) April 1, 2022
World of Warcraft announced Patch 9.4: Beyond the End of Infinity: The Final Everything Beginning Forever, complete with the Basilica of the Perdurable Vaingloriousness raid, Recursive Perpetuity dungeon, and Tinker Leaker class. Also Beekeeping. As always, the patch notes are worth a read.
SMITE introduced a new battle pass made “entirely with machine learning.” It looks exactly as bad as you’d expect.
After spending 💰trillions of dollars💰 on Machine Learning research and development, we have finally produced our absolute best Battle Pass. We are excited to present it now! pic.twitter.com/UANWxoW6Ka
— SMITE (@SMITEGame) April 1, 2022
The Jester’s Festival has returned to The Elder Scrolls Online.
— The Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) March 31, 2022
Overwatch has brought back its googly-eye prank, which never stops being funny.
“Everything is going to hell in a henbasket and Earl the Chickenmancer is flocking to you for help!” Neverwinter declares, having begun April Fowls.
— Neverwinter (@NeverwinterGame) March 28, 2022
War Thunder has a fun Dune map.
Enlisted invites you to kill nazis on the moon.
It's once again time to embrace the silliest holiday in all of Norrath! Let the mischief and trickery begin as #BristlebaneDay returns. Details here: https://t.co/8QmCNS5nfv pic.twitter.com/HLaXDGg4QW
— EverQuest II (@everquestii) March 24, 2022
AdventureQuest 3D is celebrating April Fowl’s Day: The Chicken Cow Eggvasion.
— AQ3D Community (@AQ3DCommunity) April 1, 2022
Skyforge’s pranks are always so subtle that it’s not clear they’re pranks, but this year’s involves a floating, glowing corg that looks like a storage container.
Star Citizen posted prank patch notes with sandworms, sentient Pico, and wheeled vehicles that spawn without wheels.
Alpha 3.16.2 just hit the live servers!
— Star Citizen (@RobertsSpaceInd) April 1, 2022
Valorant brought back Widejoy.
She's back. Did you miss her? pic.twitter.com/WoswpIjwdc
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) April 1, 2022
Star Trek Online introduced a new ship: The Pathyeager.
Profane went over to the dark side with NFTs. (Not really.)
Howdy, howdy, howdy, community!
We woke up today feeling like it was a great day to make a special announcement for you:
INTRODUCING THE 💸 NFT WINGS 💸!
The 💸 NFT Wings 💸 are a special item we are adding to Profane to turn it into an even 💰 richer 💰 experience! pic.twitter.com/87kyTSl4Ud
— Profane MMORPG (@ProfaneMMO) April 1, 2022
Rogue server Star Wars Galaxies Legends says it’s finally solved a bug by deleting part of the game. Oops?
— SWG:Legends (@SWGLegendsStaff) April 1, 2022
Guild Wars 2 content creator ThatShaman has outdone his past prank games this year with Flappy Bot!
PlanetSide 2 is selling ridiculous themed gear.
Celebrate #AprilFools with the NS SQU-34K hammer. Be sure to wear your Harlequin Camo while driving into the sunset with Random Roll trails available in the new Jester Bundle.
The Jester Bundle arrives tomorrow 4/1. #PlanetSide2 pic.twitter.com/ei5BAqUItJ
— PlanetSide 2 (@planetside2) April 1, 2022
Pirate101 dropped a new mount. Arrr!
They see us rollin'! 😎
Introducing the all new Barrel of Fun Mount. Not only does it supply a 40% speed boost, but also offers a second spot for your best pal! Hurry though – this mount will be rolling out of the Crown Shop on May 1st, 2022. https://t.co/8l0cZJYoln #Pirate101 pic.twitter.com/bgxNeWdy1x
— Pirate101 (@Pirate101) April 1, 2022
I’m not sure what the heck is going on in Conan Exiles, but I think I like it.
Exiles, it's SHOWTIME!
Update 184.108.40.206 is rolling out, featuring much-requested improvements to bicep numbers and hotdog vendors.
Oh, and robots, obviously.
— CONAN EXILES (@ConanExiles) April 1, 2022
Luxion has returned to Trove for the weekend.
Prepare for #Bunfest with Bunsly & Flopsy as well as many other gorgeous items! 🎁
— Trove (@TroveGame) April 1, 2022
Champions Online has once again been beset by Foxbatcon, the best-worst celebrity hero ever.
New World isn’t doing a hard April Fools’ Day event, but it’s running a character and weapon point-doubling event all weekend. This… honestly may be more useful than most other events.
Clear your schedule from April 1 – April 3! This weekend, all character and weapon earned points are DOUBLED!
Got a friend who needs to level up? Tag 'em in the comments!
— New World (@playnewworld) March 31, 2022
Hearthstone posted goofball patch notes.
— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) April 1, 2022
A few more events we’ve already covered…
We’ll be updating with more throughout the day. If you spy anything we didn’t catch – and there’s bound to be some – drop ’em in the comments for everyone to see!
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