The day is upon us, April Fools, where we must filter through the funny, the flat, the trite, and the just plain mean.
Blizzard has always spent some effort on this front, and usually has something interesting for us each year. You can look at past reviews:
Last year we got mostly retreads of previous April Fools entries. This year Blizzard has a few new items.
Draenei Female Model
First up is a news item about the character model updates. The new models, announced at BlizzCon, have been the focus of front page posts before. But today’s look at the female Dranei model turns the character into an outlet for someone’s Miley Cyrus jokes, getting some special emotes such as /twerk.
You can find it here.
Then there is also a “new game” announcement for Blizzard Outcasts: Vengence of the Vanquished.
It purports to be a fighting game for using characters from Blizzard lore who… well.. die. Wirt. Deckard Cain. Liddy Raynor. The video included shows it to be an 8-bit side scrolling fighter akin to Street Fighter. The game also includes a special new controller that includes a credit card interface to play.
The page for the game, including a list of heroes and a FAQ, can be found here.
The Diablo III site features a Blizzard entry into the mobile market, Happy Reaper.
A spin on Flappy Bird, there is even a playable demo (Unity plugin required) linked from the announcement.
Herald of the Stars
There is an announcement regarding the name of the next StarCraft II expansion. The Protoss focused release is alleged to be called StarCraft II: Herald of the Stars, which purports to be playable with the time stream running in either direction.
WoW 6.0 Patch Notes
All the changes destined for Warlords of Draenor. Flightmasters will now be Walkmasters, to prevent confusion with that other Blizzard game, the “Hearthstone” will now be called the “Homerock” and so on. Find the full forum post here.
New Hero of the Storm
Blizzard’s MOBA has announced a new hero today.
That is all I saw on my early morning run through the Blizzard web sites. They may put up more later, which I will add when I get a chance. The new release games, such as Hearthstone and the Reaper of Souls expansion, seem to be free of direct parody, probably to avoid mixed messages with titles still getting established.
So we got some fresh items this year.
Who else has some decent April Fools entries?
- Psychochild announces his new blog focus
- GuildWars 2 has the big head thing going on (Which EQII did years ago)
- Google Maps has their Pokemon challenge
- World of Tanks has The Crayfish web game
- EverQuest Next has an April Fools round table poll
- Some Empire regions in EVE got name changes for the day