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Is This Alleged Mass Effect Andromeda Footage An April Fools’ Joke?

Alleged gameplay footage from Bioware's upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda has leaked online, displaying a cool, new (and potentially fake) jetpack feature.

The video is from a Bioware developer's demo reel. The validity of the YouTube video cannot be confirmed, especially considering it leaked online yesterday on April Fools. Remember that this is not necessarily representative of how Andromeda will look or play. Take a look below to judge for yourself.

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Mass Effect Andromeda was originally supposed to release this year during holiday season, but has been pushed to 2017. You can view the E3 2015 trailer here. Key members from the Mass Effect team have also left Bioware for new endeavors, including the lead writer and senior development director.

[Source: NeoGaf]


Our Take
It's difficult to pinpoint whether this footage is authentic or not, but the jetpack feature is definitely something we haven't seen before. The fact that this appeared online on April 1 doesn't help matters. Plus, if the footage is real, there's no way to know if it will appear in the finished product when Andromeda releases. All I can say for certain is that I'm all for taking a spin with a jetpack. – The Feed

Don’t Miss: A look back at April Fool’s Day in the game industry

From Street Fighter’s fake character to Irem’s fake console, in this timeless feature we look back at classic April Fool’s Day hoaxes in the game industry that made us laugh, groan — or both. …

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Your April Fools’ Day 2016 Round-Up [Update]

Did someone say your shoes were untied this morning? Did you get into work and find your keyboard's buttons had been rearranged? On the way to work, did someone honk at you and yell that you almost hit their car? Don't worry! Check the date!

They were all just (probably) making hilarious April Fools' Day japes. If you follow the games industry, you know that companies like to have fun today, too, with fake announcements and things that might almost pass for humor if you squint hard enough.

We're rounding up everything we find today, and putting it in one place for you. Be sure to check back throughout the day, because the jokes don't show any signs of letting up.

“Arma” Eau de Combat-The New Fragrance For Players
Bohemia Interactive announced a perfume boasting an “unapologetic blend of florals, with a touch of soft gunpowder aroma,” sure to bolster your confidence and confuse your enemies. Watch the trailer here

Cyber-baby invasion of AdventureQuest 3D
Apparently my phobia of Super Baby Geniuses just flared up, because Artix Entertainment announced that its upcoming MMORPG AdventureQuest 3D has been commandeered by “cyber-babies.” In addition to ruining the game, the babies also somehow mucked up Artix website with some crayons.

Butt Pose Victory Animations Coming to Black Desert Online
Poking fun at the recent controversy over Overwatch’s Trigger, Daum Games announced that Black Desert Online will get butt pose victory animations in PvP mode. The first round of butt poses is free, but naturally, players will have to pay extra to download a wider range in the future.

Stronghold Successfully Ported To Nokia 3310
Firefly Studios has decided to bring their medieval castle sim to everyone’s favorite brick phone, the Nokia 3310. You can see the “demake” in action here

The Dogvision
When society crumbles, the only remaining hope is a tactical team of canines wearing adorable beanie caps. We’re excited for PvP fetch in the Bark Zone. 

Next: More implausible jokes and announcements ahead. – The Feed

Fool’s Theory is a new Polish indie founded by an ex-Witcher dev

Former CDPR designer Jakub Rokosz is part of the founding team of ex-AAA devs behind Fool’s Theory, a new indie studio in southern Poland that’s begun working on a new game using Unreal Engine 4. …

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Fool’s Theory is a new Polish indie founded by an ex-Witcher dev

Former CDPR designer Jakub Rokosz is part of the founding team of ex-AAA devs behind Fool’s Theory, a new indie studio in southern Poland that’s begun working on a new game using Unreal Engine 4. …

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Hyperkin April Fool’s Day Game Boy Emulator Device May Become A Real Thing

Hyperkin, the makers of the Retron, a device which plays SNES and NES cartridges among others, posted a fake Game Boy emulator device that uses the iPhone as an April Fool's joke, but now it appears it may become a real thing.

On March 31, Hyperkin posted the images you see here on its Facebook page alongside the following description:

the Smart Boy, an upcoming Game Boy-compatible device for the iPhone 6
Plus (with more compatible smartphones to follow). This concept art
shows that it will attach to the iPhone 6 Plus, turning the phone into a
handheld gaming device compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color

It will also feature an eight-way D-pad; two action
buttons; a start and select button; and an included battery that can be
charged through the phone itself providing 5 hours of gameplay. The
gameplay itself will output through the iPhone 6 Plus' own screen.

As this is only a conceptual design, features may be removed or added in its current development stage.

On April 1, Hyperkin followed up the post with the same image, except is had the word "CONFIRMED" written on it in red and all caps. In the posting Hyperkin wrote the following:

A lot of you were speculating that the Smart Boy is an April Fools' Joke. Well, it sort of was. We "leaked" it with the initial intent of testing the market, seeing whether or not it should be something we'd actually make, under the guise of an April Fools' Joke.

Looks like you awesome folks ACTUALLY WANT IT, so the Smart Boy is now in development! Thank you all for your enthusiastic responses!

Hyperkin treads in dangerous territory regarding Nintendo's licensing and trademarks, so it's unclear if this will ever truly become a real product, but according to Hyperkin, the demand definitely exists.

[Source: Hyperkin on Facebook, (2), via Polygon]


Our Take
I really like this idea, a lot, and remember getting very excited about when I first saw the images start to float around the Internet. I would love to see it actually exist sometime in the near future. – The Feed

The Best, Worst, And Most Confusing “Jokes” Of April Fools 2015

It's a fact: The first day of April is the worst day on the internet. Even so, amid all of the lame April Fools pranks and fake news, sometimes we see some gems that are actually clever and entertaining. Whether they're good, bad, or bizarre, we're collecting all of the day's stories from across the gaming industry.

We'll be updating this list with new entries as the day goes on.

PlayStation Flow
These goggles from Sony are a combination of immersion and submersion, allowing you to have a more realistic underwater experience when you are playing games with swimming sections.

Nug Elope
Nugs are little pig-hamster things in BioWare's Dragon Age franchise. Instead of using them in crafting, you can help them find love and acceptance in the pretend romantic simulation Nug Elope

Curse Voice In Hearthstone
You can't speak directly to your opponents in Hearthstone, but this addition changes that. Not only does it let you chat, it auto-translates your speech into any language (with perfect accuracy, of course).  

Project McFly
Razer makes some high-tech stuff, but this hovering mouse is like something out of Back to the Future II. Using a magnetic field, the mouse completely eliminates friction to keep you on top of your game.

Dog Ace Attorney
In a now-private video, Capcom shows a canine-themed re-imagining of the Ace Attorney series. It's basically just anthropomorphic dogs barking as they talk in the series' signature courtroom setting.

Romance Central
Leaving the music genre behind, Harmonix is venturing into the online dating world with Romance Central in an effort to match gamers up with the dance partners of their dreams. 

Steam Machine
Not to be left out on Valve's Steam Machine initiative, Think Geek is getting in on the action with an actual steam-powered gaming console. Unlike some previous years, this is one April Fools product that is never becoming reality. 

Minecraft: Love and Hugs
This snapshot makes some big changes to Minecraft, removing all traces of violence and aggression and letting you be friendly with the creatures of your world. Though it's a joke, it is also an actual thing you can play. (Images from videos by CptKillFeeds! and AshleyDesigns) – The Feed

April Fools – The Geometry Wars: A Film By Ken Burns

From the renowned documentarian Ken Burns, creator of The Civil War and The National Parks: America's Best Idea, comes an insightful new look into the catastrophic events of The Geometry Wars. In this trailer for the new 126-disc box set, learn all about the mysterious origins of the conflict and the impact it had on everyday lives.

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For more April Fools stories, check out our 2015 edition of Game Infarcer and read about various company's fake announcements – The Feed

April Fools – Game Infarcer 2015 Edition

We have a yearly April Fools tradition here at Game Informer: We include a multi-page parody magazine called Game Infarcer in our April issue. It's full of fake news and games, and even helmed by a fictional editor-in-chief. In the past, it's been exclusive to our magazine, but this year, we're posting the whole feature for our online community to enjoy.

We start with the art by the talented Zander Cannon for our cover game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Everything. We then move on to the blatantly untrue articles, features, and reviews. 

Be sure to click the images to enlarge them! They're hard to read otherwise.

Next: Pretend news and products that do not exist. – The Feed

Bohemia Follows Through With April Fool’s Day Joke With Arma Karts

Bohemia has put a spin on the tired tradition of video game April Fool's Day jokes by doing the unexpected – it actually created the joke game.

This April, Bohemia had one of the more amusing game April Fool's Day jokes with Arma Karts, a fictional kart racing game based on its ultra-hardcore military shooter Arma 3.

Well, it's no longer fictional. Bohemia has released Arma Karts on Steam, and it's on sale for $ 1.99. All proceeds go to the Czech Red Cross.

Source: Destructoid


Our Take:
Okay, this is pretty awesome – and I'm a big grump about April Fool's Day. Also, it's benefiting the Red Cross, which is no joke. – The Feed