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April Fools’ Day 2019 compilation

April 1 is upon us, which means it is time for another April Fools’ Day compilation in which we gather all of the jokes from the games industry.

As time would have you believe, April Fools’ Day starts early in Japan, so if you read or watch something today or tomorrow that sounds too to be true, it probably is.

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.

April Fools’ Day 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Added April 1 at 2:15 a.m.

  • Steins;Gate – 5pb. has announced 10 new titles in celebration of Steins;Gate‘s 10th anniversary. They include:

    —Steins;Gate: Completely Innocent Wind Cutter:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Mississippi Murder Case:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Wota Culture 2019:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Banned to the Wool:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Rapsodia of the Moonlight Stud:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Mechanical Macrobiotic:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Steins;Gate Neo:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Steins;Gate Grand Oredaaaaar:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Rukako: A dressing boy who changes love at the bound of this world.:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

    —Steins;Gate Ǝ_IITƎ:

    April Fools' Day 2019: Steins;Gate

  • Sting – Announcing Macho de Union, due out in April 3019 for smartphones.

Added on April 1 at 12:10 a.m.:

  • For Honor – Ubisoft announced that For Honor will run a special one-day event for April Fools’ Day featuring elements from the Rabbids universe. Players who connect to the game during the event will receive a melee pack as an exclusive reward. The event will run for 24 hours, from April 1 at 12:00 a.m. ET through April 2 at 12:00 a.m. ET.

    April Fools' Day 2019: For Honor

    April Fools' Day 2019: For Honor

    April Fools' Day 2019: For Honor

  • Valkyria Anatomia: Origin – A problem is occuring that replaces Lenneth’s in-game 3D model has with a new model created by Pop Team Epic illustrator Bkub Okawa.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Valkyria Anatomia: Origin

    April Fools' Day 2019: Valkyria Anatomia: Origin

    April Fools' Day 2019: Valkyria Anatomia: Origin

    April Fools' Day 2019: Valkyria Anatomia: Origin

    April Fools' Day 2019: Valkyria Anatomia: Origin

Added on March 31 at 10:20 p.m.

  • Capcom Dev 1 – Introducing the next playable character for Devil May Cry 5.
  • Corsair – Introducing the Corsair Game Launcher. “Never before have game launchers brought such power and form together into an easy to use software. With the ability to craft games, manage digital currencies, and bundle software across platforms…this is one software you need to experience.”

  • Mega Miracle Force – Ileheart, Compile Heart’s Virtual YouTuber, joins the fray as a playable character.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Mega Miracle Force

  • MonsterHunter.frMonster Hunter Portable V / Monster Hunter Victory for Switch announcement leaked. Due out worldwide in Q1 2020 for Switch with a new continent, new ecosystems, returning gameplay from Monster Hunter: World and underwater combat, 14 weapon types returning and one new weapon, new monsters, and local and online multiplayer.

    April Fools' Day 2019: MonsterHunter.fr

  • Nobunyaga’s Ambition – Koei Tecmo has announced Nobunyaga’s Ambition‘s entry into the world of eSports.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Nobunyaga's Ambition

  • Persona Official Twitter – Something is different about the Persona Twitter account.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Persona Twitter Account

  • Platinum Games – Platinum Games has announced Chief Executive Omni-Weapon Ken-Ichi, its long-awaited first independent IP. Rewrite the history of action games and witness the birth of a new generation of hero.

  • PlayStation Japan – PlayStation 4 production is in its golden age. Have a look at the craftsmanship of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s veteran employee.

    April Fools' Day 2019: PlayStation Japan

  • Resident Evil 2 – “In just two short months, the worldwide zombie population has decreased by 774,038,013. We need your help averting the crisis caused by this sharp decline.” Apply now.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Resident Evil 2

  • SonicHQ – SonicHQ has confirmed via sources within Paramount Studios that the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie will be a tie-in to the next upcoming mainline game, which will use the same character model for Sonic that has been shown in the movie leaks.
  • Uta no Prince-sama – Be healthy and happy 365 days a year with the new “Vegetable 1000% Princemoothie” drink, now on sale.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Uta no Prince Sama

  • WayForward – WayForward is joining forces with “some of the most remarkable characters in video game history.”

    April Fools' Day 2019: WayForward

  • YU-NO Anime – The official website for the YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World anime has been updated to look like a website from the 1990s.

    April Fools' Day 2019: YU-NO Anime

Added at Press Time

  • Ancient Games – Ancient Games, the developer of Mamotte Knight, has released Koshitte Knight: Yuuzou’s Great MML Strategy as a free download for PC in commemoration of its 30th anniversary.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Ancient Games

  • Arc System Works – Arc System Works has opened the official website for “Family Death Game,” a survival horror entry in its Family game series and a complete 180 from previous titles. The official website will only be open for one day.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Arc System Works Japan

    April Fools' Day 2019: Arc System Works Japan

    April Fools' Day 2019: Arc System Works Japan

    April Fools' Day 2019: Arc System Works Japan

  • BoxBoy! – In response to Kirby going square (see below), BoxBoy is going round.

    April Fools' Day 2019: BoxBoy!

  • Capcom Sound Team – Introducing “Automatic Sound Effect Generation AI.”

  • D3 Publisher – Has a leaked video revealed Earth Defense Force 6!? (Spoiler: No, not it has not.)

  • Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation – That day, darkness covered Venus Island. Introducing Zombienus Island!

  • Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan BattleDragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle has turned into a Butoden game. (Thanks, ResetEra.)

    April Fools' Day 2019: Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle

  • Fate/Grand Order – DelightWorks has released Fate/Grand Order Quest, a field exploration-style RPG, for iOS via the App Store and Android via Google Play. This is real and can be downloaded and played free of charge, but please note that it contains spoilers for the story of Fate/Grand Order.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Fate/Grand Order

  • GaijinHunter – Capcom has announced Monster Hunter for Google Stadia: “Monster Hunter: World was successful by embracing the latest technology. We’re excited at the new opportunities cloud gaming presents.”
  • Google Japan – Google Japan has announced the new version of Google Japanese Input—the Spoon bending Version. “Spoon bending was reborn as an innovative typing device. You bend spoon to type. This is a typing device like no other.”

  • Kirby – Starting today, Kirby is a square.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Kirby

  • Nippon Ichi Software – Nippon Ichi Software has updated the official Japanese website for Murder Detective: Jack the Ripper with an announcement that the game’s title has been changed to Chibi Detective: jack the ripper, and that the characters have been changed to cute, chibi versions, allowing even children to enjoy the game.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Nippon Ichi Software

    April Fools' Day 2019: Nippon Ichi Software

    April Fools' Day 2019: Nippon Ichi Software

    April Fools' Day 2019: Nippon Ichi Software

  • Nvidia GeForce – Introducing GeForce RTX R.O.N., the world’s first holographic gaming assistant. “Bring your rig to life with powerful AI-enabled, real-time game coaching and 3D AR displays. Tame the beast within using all new RageConverter technology. Take on trolls with cutting-edge TrollDestroyer capabilities. Now you can do it all with GeForce RTX R.O.N. It Just Works!”

  • PlayStation Asia – PlayStation Asia is celebrating 25 years of PlayStation with the release of “very limited collector’s edition merchandise.

  • Sega Japan – Sega’s offical advertisement truck is driving around Akihabara with the Sega logo backwards, instead reading “Gase.”
  • Street Fighter V – The world president (of Street Fighter V) challenges a shoot ’em up game. Play it here.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Street Fighter V

  • Tales of the RaysTales of the Rays has implemented Tales of WHIStiria. To play the mini-game, tap the Tales of WHIStiria banner on the home screen.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Tales of the Rays

  • VisualArts Japan – Visual Arts has announced Shimanomon Fight Deluxe, a dream crossover of Key titles.

  • Vooks – Rare returns to Nintendo with Rare Replay 64, a collection of 10 Rare titles for Switch.

    April Fools' Day 2019: Vooks

  • World End Heroes – The heroes of World End Heroes are becoming BuckeTuber’s / video content creators.

  • Yakuza – A video of the latest entry in the Yakuza series starring Ichiban Kasuga has surfaced, which reveals that it has become a command-based RPG. While this is more than likely a joke, the footage shown does feature Ichiban Kasuga, so it is possible that command-based system shown in the video will appear as a Play Spot in the new Yakuza title. Read more about that here.

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