I don’t know about any of you but I felt like April Fool’s Day came and went without much fanfare from the gaming industry. This has typically been a day that companies went all out for, announcing some really cool fake (and sometimes true!) content, games or events.
For whatever reason, it just didn’t feel there this year. One of the main contributors, Blizzard, typically puts out 3 or 4 things each year, though for 2019, they had one thing which was kind of uninspired in my opinion. Nintendo made Kirby square, IGN did a fake Nintendo direct, Sega announced a Sonic Battle Royale game, and some other minor gags.
While I typically put together a recap style post following April Fool’s Day, I just felt that this year didn’t warrant one. Instead, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge what Ubisoft and Bethesda decided to do. These are two companies who capitalized on the day to announce some really cool and totally not fake things.
BWAAHHHHHACK To The Past! – For Honor
At first, I thought it wasn’t real and then I saw actual footage. While it was unfortunately only live on April 1, players who logged in to For Honor and played some Dominion were treated to the delightful BWAHs of the Raving Rabbids. Replacing the NPC enemy fodder, players could take their revenge and mow down these creatures, decked out in Samurai, Knight, and Viking armor. It was a nice touch and reminded me of a less serious version of what the studio typically does for the Halloween season with skeletons and all that.
Magic Arrives For Team Rainbow – Rainbow Six Siege
Oh, but Ubisoft wasn’t done there. In a shocking move, Ubisoft then announced a new limited time mode for its popular competitive shooter Rainbow Six Siege. The event is called Rainbow Is Magic and well…just have a look at this:
So what Ubisoft has done is take this ultra-realistic military shooter and flipped it on its head for something so outrageous and hilarious. The Plane map has essentially been remade as a toy in a girls bedroom, the hostage is now a teddy bear, the operators are decked out in bright colors, and it’s like someone went crazy with girls bedroom wallpaper inside. Explosions shoot confetti, bullet holes are stars, and there are unicorns on the walls. Frankly, I love how off script this is. As you’ll see in just a moment, I love when companies mix up the traditional formula and go with something that’s a little out there and fun.
I hope this is the start of something that players see more of. I won’t lie, I haven’t touched Siege in a while, but I’m really tempted to log in to experience this.
That Bandit’s On Fire! Literally! – Rage 2
This, ladies and gentlemen, may be my favorite April Fool’s Day
prank actual, real content trailer ever. At the very least, this will go down alongside what Volition did for Red Faction Guerrilla when they announced the Ostrich Hammer.
Check it out:
That’s right, It’s Tim Kitzrow! The man, the myth, the Midway legend has returned!
I have to admit that this trailer spoke to me on so many levels. As a kid growing up and going to classic arcades in the 90s, NBA Jam was a big part of my video game upbringing. The same can be said for NFL Blitz, Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey, and everything else Kitzrow lent his voice to.
I absolutely love when studios take wacky risks like this and prioritize fun over whether or not something “fits” in the lore or style of the game. At the end of the day, video games are intended to be fun, right?
While I had my fair share of issues with the first Rage, this trailer definitely makes me want to check out Rage 2 now, more than Andrew W.K. ever could. This is so dumb and I. Freaking. Love. It.