April 1 is a precarious time to be masking the video games business as a information author. Some studios might toss stuff on the market that might journey you up – boo! – whereas others take benefit of the silliness of the event to put out one thing that’s really actual, fairly neat, or simply absurdly daft. I want someplace to stick these April Fool’s jokes I’m coming throughout on my regular information hunt – learn: scrolling by Twitter and Reddit – so here are some gags and funky modes that we expect are fairly neato.

One of the first April Fool’s-related slices of content material to catch my eye in the present day was, ahem, POBG. It’s an arcade 2D shooter you could entry in the battle royale’s menu till April 12. So it goes, the chickens of the PUBG universe are drained of all these hen dinners you’ve been havin’ with the squad. Rather than hear them out, although, we’re taking the battle to PlayerOmnom and his Henerals.

Here’s some, uh, flavour textual content from the Steam web page reveal: “What was the saying? Oh yes. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. You survivors revel in your victories over each other and still have the gall to drag us into it. Well, no more. You’ve been a pox on us for far too long and the bock stops here. This time, the chickens are the top of the pecking order.”

I additionally loved all of Blizzard’s japes and gags from the studio’s, ahem, ‘leaked’ press launch. We’re getting a sea shanty career, a fungus-themed dungeon, and extra in World of Warcraft Patch 9.0.5.0.5 – I can’t wait!

Looking to the future – and the previous, variety of – we now have Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… arising. It’s a genre-mashing romp from Yoko Taro that options bullet hell segments, hack-and-slash fight, and a deep story that’ll relegate you to your completely happy place for a number of weeks when you full it.

Despite Nier Replicant’s professionals, it’s simply not Stardew Valley. That’s okay, although, as a result of we’ve bought a trailer from Square Enix that exhibits us what that might seem like. I do know this can be a joke, Square, however I’d fairly like to do some boar drifting, so let’s get this going, yeah? The trailer options lots of fishing, crop tending, and different hallmarks of the ‘slow life’. Check it out beneath:

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We’re additionally getting our annual serving to of Rainbow is Magic, Siege’s pink, flamboyant spectacular. The occasion options bedazzled pink skins for all of your favorite Siege operators and duties you with retrieving or defending a chonking huge teddy bear. I don’t play heaps of Siege, however I like this occasion dearly.

Filed beneath: ‘a joke that’s in all probability going to be a factor, we expect?’, Valorant is getting a dating sim. As a trainee agent, you’re lastly getting your probability to construct “meaningful relations” with Valorant’s present heroes. Collect objects, go on dates, or save the world – you recognize, commonplace courting stuff.

Speaking of Riot, League of Legends gameplay design director Mark Yetter has given us a peep at some modifications that are coming to the recreation. Finally, Teemo can sprint.

We’re talkin’ about Bugsnax! Well, simply snacks now.

Oh no, Epic what have you ever performed?

We’ve gotten in on the japes ourselves, too – what are we like! You can learn Ian’s very actual, not-at-all-silly report on Elden Ring being a “Reddit-based social experiment” or get pleasure from Damien capturing the second a crypto miner positively found that Nvidia’s RTX 3080 “plays games, too”.