How was your Saturday? We do hope that you weren’t trolled too much by fake news and absurd press releases since it was April’s Fool day.
We had to wade through a LOT of it. Some tickled our funny bone while others, well, tried too hard. Here are SPOUT 360’s picks from the zany to the sad.
SNEAK PEEK: The Future of Clan Battles pic.twitter.com/qlv1HMdHoK
— Clash Royale (@ClashRoyale) April 1, 2017
Supercell showed us the future of Clash Royale esports, and it looks messy. Unless you’re not into game balances in your tournaments, in which case it’ll be a ton of fun.
Our Consumer Business Analysis and RNG Divisions are thrilled to announce a new, unique and exclusively limited figure of Geralt! pic.twitter.com/FLTTwO1RHc
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) April 1, 2017
Yes, we would definitely buy this. We loved Witcher 3 so much (stay tuned for a retrospective!) we even want a glitchy Roach resin too. In fact, create both, dammit!
Final Fantasy XIV
Square Enix released a faux trailer for a Final Fantasy Tactics/Tactics Ogre spin-off called Tactics Alexander. If we made ourselves heard enough, we might see a browser version of the game on Square Enix’s site soon enough.
Street Fighter EX(?)
Here’s something new: an April’s Fool joke that’s partly one. Street Fighter EX developers Arika released this video of a rezzed-up Street Fighter EX trailer featuring characters like Hokuto and Garuda (Arika-exclusive characters btw). Turns out it’s a proof-of-concept from the company, where it hopefully gets picked up by a publisher or even go through a Kickstarter-like fund-raising plan. Its working title: Fighting EX Layer. Fighting game history buffs might recognize the title from Arika’s past game Fighting Layer.
Hello children! Another Doyle Discovery! The Professor has datamined a new card that was missed from yesterday's reveal! pic.twitter.com/z5chjeBbRX
— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) April 1, 2017
If you’re familiar with Blizzard’s card game, we really doubt that a 2-mana card with 7 attack and 7 life would be legitimately released. Also, having publishers put up their jokes on Twitter makes our lives easier as journalists & editors. So, thanks!
There’s just something super-bleak about having to plug in an apparatus that plays your games for you. The acronym at the end of the video is a nice touch.
Can’t go to BlizzCon because it’s so far away from Asia? Never fear, this Textual Attendance is here to make you experience all of it in a choose-your-own-adventure style book. In all seriousness, we do hope the company distributes this as a door gift in the real BlizzCon.
This joke product from Razer is a walking talking livestreaming bot called S.A.i.S.O. The scary part about all this is that Min-Liang Tan might be prototyping this bad buy in the Singapore office.
Got any April’s Fool jokes we missed out during the weekend? Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org.