April Fools’ Day 2020 compilation

All of this year's games industry jokes in one place.

April Fools’ Day 2020 - Tales of the Rays 2

Another year, another April 1, another roundup of April Fools’ Day jokes from the games industry.

While it is still March 31 in most of the world, it is just past midnight in Japan, meaning the jokes have begun coming in.

Find our annual roundup of games-related jokes below. The list will be updated as new jokes arrive, so be sure to check back every so often.

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Added April 1 at / around 2:00 p.m.

  • CrysisCrysis.com updated with poster video. Meta keywords in the HTML code include “April Fool.”

    April Fools' Day 2020: Crysis

  • Don’t Starve Together – “A 1st For Everything” animated short.

  • Dragalia Lost – New event “Wagabond Pupper” is now live for one day only (until April 2 at 1:59 a.m.).
  • For Honor – Everyone is mini.

  • Rivals of Aether – “Rivals Direct 2.” Step inside the Rivals of Aether team’s studio and get unprecedented access to upcoming projects, interviews, and special announcements.

  • Sylvain Sarraillh – Concept art for a remaster of Yoshi’s Island for Switch to be announced by Nintendo for Super Mario‘s 35th anniversary.

  • Warframe – Introducing MoreFrame, a totally (not) real Tenno Lifestyle Channel, featuring Konzu, Nora Night, and more.

Added April 1 at / around 12:00 p.m.

  • Dying LightDying Light teams up with Unturned for an April Fools’ Day crossover event.

  • GameXplain – Nintend-themed downloadable content coming to Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

  • Minecraft – “Every update imaginiable” coming to Minecraft, Mojang announced. “Launch Snapshot 20w14∞ from the Minecraft Launcher and enter a new dimension. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one. And another one…”

  • Tales of the RaysTales of VS 2 “was a lie” followup video the initial joke added at press time.

  • World War I Game Series – “Film Memoir,” an upcoming new visual mode, is announced for World War I game series shooters Tannenberg and Verdun.

Added April 1 at / around 9:00 a.m.

  • Asphalt 9 – Introducing SightDrive, the future of mobile racing. Drive with your eyes.

  • Bendy – New Bendy game Bendy Royale announced.

  • DiRT – Announcing DiRT Rollers, the official marble racing video game.

    April Fools' Day 2020: DiRT Rollers

  • Electoriar Code – Mecha girls and giant hamsters fight in high-speed battles in the city.

  • FDG Entertainment – Announcing DuckTales QuackShots developed by Game Atelier.

  • Football Manager – Re-introducing Football Manager 1888.

  • GRIP: Combat Racing – Announcing GRIP: Combat Racing – Vomit Racing Edition. Prepare for the most intense, mind-melting racing experience! Inject yourself into the game, feeling every turn, impact and stomach-testing inversion. Can you make it through the race? Only one way to find out…

  • Guild Wars 2Giant cats.
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake – Rider model removed following fan feedback.

  • PCGamesNThe Last of Us 2 confirmed for PC “just to piss off PlayStation fans”
  • Starbase – Do you feel alone in space? Are you yet to meet the endo of your life? Look no further! Frozenbyte proudly presents: Starbae, a dating app for all the endos in Starbase.

  • War ThunderSpace Thunder is a new game type in War Thunder accessible via the Events menu in the game client for the next few days. Read more here.

  • War Thunder – Revolutionary War Thunder controller will bring new players to the world of realistic military action games. Operate all War Thunder vehicles comfortably and precisely even in simulation mode, with no need to remember thousands of button combinations. Available in urban khaki and dusty asphal.

    April Fools' Day 2020: War Thunder

Addded April 1 at / around 3:00 a.m.

  • Cornfox & Bros. – Announcing Oceanhorn VR in celebration of Cornfox & Bros.’ 10th anniversary.

  • Digimon – Introducing Omedamon, an unknown holy knight Digimon from the Digital World of a different dimension (and themed after Medabots‘ Medabee and Rokusho).

  • PlatinumGames – PlatinumGames presents a shocking—err, docking new collaboration! You’ve waited so long, and at last, it’s here! What better day than April 1 for the hotly-anticipated fourth Platinum4 announcement? PlatinumGames and Hamster Corporation present…

Added March 31 at / around 11:00 p.m.

  • Disgaea RPG – Prinny has taken of the Disgaea RPG Twitter account and official website.

  • Hikosan – A Death Stranding movie is in production.

  • Iris Mysteria! – In-game April Fools’ Day event will run until April 7 at 23:59 JST.

  • Medabots – Details have been unveiled regarding a mysterious, “OMG_Type” Medabot named Omega Knight, which is said to have been developed using certain game data as reference (Digimon).

Added March 31 at / around 10:00 p.m.

  • Monster Rancher – The next Atelier game is Atelier Holly, starring Holly from Monster Rancher.

  • Shironeko Tennis – Version 2.9 (niku, or meat) update commerative cooking program with meat researcher Sirloin Tennis Yellow and cat ambassador Asai.

  • Studio HG – Mega Man joins Metallic Child as a guest playable character.

  • Steins;Gate – Announcing Otaku wa Tsuraiyo, a Steins;Gate comedy film in which Rintaro Okabe returns to Akihabara.

  • Quiz RPG: The World of Mystic Wiz – “Project Nyan-con” development video.

Added March 31 at / around 5:00 p.m.

  • Arika – Announcing Prayer To Death, from Fighting EX Layer developer Arika.

    Fighting EX Layer was also initially announced as an April Fools’ Day title. While the Prayer To Death trailer does not have any actual gameplay, the last few seconds seems to tease a screenshot featuring characters Regaid and Shiri-sh.

    April Fools' Day 2020: Arika

  • Infiltrado – PlayStation 5 development kit main menu video leaked.

Added on March 31 at 12:50 p.m.

  • Arc System Works – Arc System Works will not have an April Fools’ Day joke this year, the company announced.
  • BoxBoy! – HAL Laboratory has Final Box!, a beat ’em up action game in the Boxboy series that gives Qbby and friends a muscular transformation.

  • Bubble BobbleBubble Bobble series protagonist Bubblun was arrested, the BBC (Bubblun Broadcast Channel) announced. Monsta filed a lawsuit against Bubblun claiming psychological damage caused by Bubblun’s performance in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. Read the full story of the trial and verdict here.

  • Cryptract – An event will occur in Cryptract on April 1…

  • Capcom Dev 1 – “The future may be uncertain, but remember – we’re not alone. There are people fighting on the front lines to make things better. And each and every one of us can do our part. This year, instead of celebrating April Fool’s, we’ll be supporting everyone in these trying times.”

  • Capcom Sound Team – The Capcom Sound Team produces various sound effects each day. One day, in the hallway in front of the sound effects recording studio Foley Stage, Dr. Foley and a guitarist get into a heated encounter…

  • Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle – Starting April 2, Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle will implement racing game mode “Dokkan Race.”

  • Dragon Quest WalkDragon Quest Walk and Rizap collaborate to give your body a Robbin’ ‘Ood transformation.

  • Entergram – Entergram has announced Nano wa Bishoujo Nano ja!, a visual novel based on its mascot character. Visit the teaser website here.

  • Fate/Grand Order – The first of this year’s Fate/Grand Order limited app download is tower destruction game Fate/Grand Order MyCraft LostBelt. It is available now for iOS via the App Store and Android via Google Play until April 5 at 23:59 JST.

    April Fools' Day 2020: Fate/Grand Order MyCraft: Lost Belt

  • Fate/Grand Order – The second of this year’s Fate/Grand Order limited app download is Fate/Grand Order Gutentag Omen, a Servant-catching game wthat does not require going outside. It will be available from April 2 at 0:00 JST to April 5 at 23:59 JST.
  • Granblue Fantasy – Vryn seeks a battle to the death. Take him on in three April Fools’ Day-exclusive quests. (View the story comic panel here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

    April Fools' Day: Granblue Fantasy

  • KeyClannad developer Key has will not do an April Fools’ Day joke this year in light of the current situation surrounding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, opting to instead focus on game development, the company announced.
  • Love Live! School Idol FestivalLove Love! School Idol Festival is collaborating with… the Powerpuff Girls!? This is an April Fools’ Day-only limited event. Read more here.

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – “Fantasy Battle Royale” is now available for one week only! Form your party of Wizards, Barbarians, Rangers, and Paladins to take on the Battlegrounds and claim special rewards and a poultry supper.

  • Ryota Aomi – Introducing the new Dragon Quest merchandise “Size 0.610mm (Roto) Slime Figure.” It is very small, so make sure you do not lose it.

  • Sega Japan – The Sega Japan Twitter account will not have any April Fools’ Day jokes this year, the company announced. But other Sega-related Twitter accounts may…
  • Street Fighter V – Play the browser game Neco Drop.

    April Fools' Day 2020: Street Fighter V

  • Super Robot Wars X Omega – Bandai Namco has opened cast auditions for a “Huge Robot Science-Fiction Movie.”

  • Tales of the Rays – Introducing Tales of VS 2, a Tales of series fighting game featuring over 150 playable characters. It will launch (launched?) on December 15, 1995 (the original release date of Tales of Phantasia).

  • Tokyo Chronos – “Nikaido Curry” is now in development, myDearest announced.

  • Yoko Taro – “On April 1, 2020, as the novel coronavirus spreads, the ‘Restrain from April Fools’ and ‘This is a Time to Enjoy April Fools’ factions began a war, and the people were divided. Ever since, April 1 has become known as the ‘Day of Hatred.'”

  • World of Tanks Console – “Turret Town” is a new four-versus-four multi-base assault game mode for April Fools’ Day.

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