MMORPG April Fools’ Day Shenanigans

Thanks to Justin Olivetti over at MassivelyOP.net, we have a substantial list of nearly 40 MMORPGs and how their respective game devs decided to celebrate April Fools’ Day. Everyone from WOW and GW2, to TSW and RIFT got caught up in the festivities. As an avid MMORPGer, I always love when the game I’m playing has holiday related fluff to keep the community entertained and connected.


It’s April 1st, and in the MMO space that means that studios morph into merry tricksters and devious liars. But how will you keep track of all the goings-on today? With this article, of course!

We’ll be endeavoring to collect and link to all of the fun and wacky April Fools’ Day pranks that are going on in MMOs and on studios’ websites. If you know of one that’s not on the list, send us a tip or leave a comment below, as we’ll be updating this post all day.

World of Warcraft teases a T.I.N.D.R. box so that you can help your companions find a companion of their own. There are also a heap of funny patch notes to peruse.

Guild Wars 2 has turned everyone into an old timey people-airplane, which is making the fights all that much more fun.

League of Legends’ URFitational has hit disaster — who would have known that NURF would fail so badly?

Star Citizen has partnered with LEGO to produce adorable toy versions of these hardcore spaceships. The game’s also added several reproductions of famous spaceships.

Final Fantasy XIV’s top-secret project is an RTS mini-game with companions for the Gold Saucer!

War Thunder is adding a new armored vehicle to its WWII setting: battle mechs (video)! Also, potato launchers.

There’s an unauthorized video posted to RuneScape’s YouTube channel. Absolutely, positively, DO NOT WATCH IT.

The Secret World has been hit by dance fever (which is not so much of a joke as it is amusing).

The Flying Spaghetti Monster has joined SMITE’s pantheon of deities.

Dofus’ developer is working on a real-world theme park, because why not?

EverQuest II players can take part in the Highest of Silly Days, which is totally a real thing.

Dragon Nest let a lot of alpacas loose, and now the game is giving an alpaca mount to all players who log in by April 5th.

Dark Age of Camelot revealed its newest expansion, Atlantis Rising. Now with flight and a bug-free guarantee!

Check out these Hearthstone patch notes for hilarity, including ninja cards and the fact that “card packs can now be opened by blowing gently on the screen.”

Allods Online is throwing a Day of Fun by passing out quirky items.

HEX’s CEO reveals the secret that he’s been playing against gamers as Princess Cory.

Puzzle Pirates is facing a wave of space invaders!

A typo in a Path of Exile update has led to a cat-astrophe of insane proportions.

Ascent: The Space Game showed off the newest model of its… cultured spaceship.

Hearthstone is now selling B’Motes expression packs, which might be a joke but you just know would make a fortune if they actually did it.

Infinite Crisis goes “behind the voice” for Krypto the Dog. It’s perhaps the best thing you’ll watch all day.

Path of Exile’s Reddit was swapped with Diablo III’s.

Wizard101 and Pirate101 want to sell you Wonky the Donkey, the animal that uses YOU as a mount! Also, you can take a tour of the KingsIsle office and become very disturbed.

Star Wars: The Old Republic has several new… questionable mounts available for the game.

Speaking of mounts, how about swimsuits and surfboards in Firefall or giant ducks in EverQuest II?

Heroes of the Storm introduces big head mode. Tell us the truth: You would totally play this mode, wouldn’t you?

Warframe is warning players of the coming of the Stocker. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Landmark is going totally retro with its graphics. Does it make the game better?

Shroud of the Avatar’s community is on strike because of sitting down. Or not sitting. Or something.

MapleStory adds a Grill Master class to the game. C’mon guys. You’re not even trying here.

Star Trek Online is restarting the game on the Red Shirt server with the original launch build.

Does this Crowfall character look like a certain assassin to you?

Star Stable is cranking out brightly colored horses and instituting energy-saving measures.

Camelot Unchained officially institutes a pay-to-win feature.

TERA has its own wacky patch notes, including mention of a yoga instructor class.

RIFT presents Squirrelicorn.

MMO bloggers and fan sites have gotten into the spirit of the day as well: Chronicles of Tyria introduced a new Thrall-themed banner, Psychochild starts his own MMO Kickstarter, and LOTRO Players reported on the closing of Lalia’s Market.

TenTonHammer’s Best of E3 2013 Awards

This year, TTH provides awards in the following seven categories:

* Best Gameplay
* Best Respawn
* Biggest Surprise
* Most Innovative
* Best MOBA
* Most Anticipated
* Best of Show

Head over to their site to find out all about why each game won and what they were looking for in each category. The quick picks are below. However, I’m most surprised that EverQuest Next made the cut at all! I’m suddenly interested in the game for the first time.

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Best Gameplay

WildStar - Best Gameplay

The team at Carbine has proven that you don’t necessarily have to sink tons of precious marketing dollars behind a game at E3 to make an impact. While the flashing lights and cosplayers in tights can add a lot of show floor ambiance, at the end of the day it’s all about how fun your game is to play.

So what WildStar might not have had in a flashy booth display, it more than made up for with the best gameplay we were able to get our hands on at this year’s E3. Everything from the distinctive setting and art style, to the combat and sheer depth of gameplay options are worthy of high praise.

Best Respawn

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn - Best Respawn

Very few MMOs have managed to survive following a rocky launch, and fewer still have managed to successfully relaunch after the fact. Square Enix is attempting to do exactly that with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and from what we experienced at E3 2013 the game is certainly worthy of our Best Respawn award.

While the game still retains its distinctive look and feel, nearly every aspect of the game has been rebuilt into a tighter, faster, and more cohesive overall MMO experience. While they didn’t necessarily attempt to reinvent the MMO combat wheel, our experiences with the system displayed a clear refinement of what made more traditional hotbar combat so enticing in the first place.

Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade - Biggest Surprise

Warhammer 40k is one of those golden IPs that has the potential to translate into one killer MMO experience. Games Workshop clearly understands this potential, so when the originally planned game from THQ fell by the wayside, it was only a matter of time before a new developer would pick up the reigns.

A week before E3 this would have landed squarely in the realm of speculation, to say we were surprised by the event week announcement of the Eternal Crusade MMO would be a gross understatement. It clearly took gamers by surprise as well, with Warhammer 40k being one of the most talked about announcements to come out of the expo.

Most Innovative

Proper sandbox MMOs are only as good as the depth of the toolbox given to gamers, and from what we’ve seen of ArcheAge that box is deeper than any other sandbox MMO we’ve seen to date. The fact that ArcheAge comes packed with stellar graphics is just icing on the proveribial cake.

ArcheAge offers a true multiclassing system, the ability to turn your back on the major factions and live the pirate’s life, or simply live out your virutal days as a humble farmer or trader of goods. These things may sound fairly basic on the surface, but the ways in which you can interact with the world for each are both plentiful and inspiring. Expect big things from ArcheAge once it lands on North American shores.

Best MOBA

Infinite Crisis - Best MOBA

While Turbine may be known by many for their major contributions in the MMO space, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by our experiences with Infinite Crisis so far. Many aspects of the game hold true to what excites gamers about the genere in the first place, but Infinite Crisis also brings a lot of new gameplay hooks to the table. And you have to admit, the DC universe setting and characters offer a pretty killer framework to build upon.

Infinite Crisis is shaping up to be an excellent game, and will even be taking the full MLG eSports plunge. We expect big things from the game, and are sure that Infinite Crisis will bring some stiff new competition to the wide world of MOBAs.

Most Anticipated

Elder Scrolls Online - Most Anticipated

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then by the time the cross-platform launch for ESO rolls around in the spring of 2014, it’s probably safe to say that legions of gamers will be enthralled by the next great chapter in Elder Scrolls history.

We’ve had numerous chances to play the game throughout the year so far, and our hands-on time at E3 only helped solidify Elder Scrolls Online as our most anticipated game following this year’s event. In the immortal words of Wesley Willis, ESO whips the llama’s ass by offering the best of both worlds: an awesome Elder Scrolls game with all the gameplay hooks that help make MMOs great.

Best of Show

EverQuest Next - Best of Show

We’ve been looking forward to EverQuest Next for quite some time now. Even though our expectations heading into our private viewing during E3 were high, EverQuest Next exceeded those expectations on all fronts.

While we are sworn to secrecy on exactly what we were shown, what we can say is that EverQuest Next was hands-down the best game we had the pleasure of seeing during E3 2013. Franchise fans and MMO gamers across the globe will be able to learn exactly why that’s the case on August 2nd during SOE Live when EQNext is given its grand unveiling.

Trust us when we say that you’ll want to mark that date on your calendar, and be prepared to bask in the warm glow of EverQuest Next in all its glory. In the meantime, kudos to the folks over at SOE for winning our Best of Show award; we’re as excited as you are to witness the impact EverQuest Next is surely going to have on gamers this August!

Original TenTonHammer Article

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