The Daily Moot: April Fools in the Gaming World!News Picks
1. April Fools Day
It’s April Fools Day and there’s plenty of shenanigans going around in your favorite games. Overwatch decided to add googly eyes to all of its heroes as well as to many ultimate abilities (like Hanzo’s dragon). Meanwhile, Rockstar decided to bring Christmas in April and covered the worlds of GTA Online and Red Dead Online in a blanket of snow. Let us know down below what some of your favorite April Fools gags are!
2. Xbox Series X No Audio Port The Xbox Series X will have no optical audio port. Considering how cheap it would be to include, this seems like a very strange omission. Phil Spencer explained the decision by saying that it is a matter of “marginal cost,” explaining that while it may only cost them $2 to include, the cost adds up when considering that they might sell up to 100 million units. Spencer also mentioned that Xbox is working with headphone manufacturers to develop headsets that will be able to work without an audio port. While this may seem like a decent workaround, this likely means that most users will end up having to purchase a new headset for the console.
3. No Bethesda Showcase After yesterday’s cancellation of QuakeCon 2020, many fans expected that Bethesda would follow the footsteps of their competitors and do a digital showcase instead. Unfortunately, it seems these hopes were unfounded. Bethesda announced today that they will not be doing any digital showcases to make up for the lack of QuakeCon and E3. Instead, they will be releasing information over time and are expected to show off some of Arkane's Deathloop and Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo in the coming months.
4. Ubisoft Giveaways Ubisoft is giving back during the pandemic, giving away a series of free games to keep you occupied while on lockdown. You can expect a series of giveaways during April, some of which will be games you can keep while others will likely just be trials. You can claim the free games directly from Uplay. The first offering is Rayman Legends which is available from today until April 4. As long as you claim the game before April 4 you’ll be able to keep it forever.
5. Epic Games Houseparty App Epic Games believes there is a smear campaign going on against their Houseparty chat app. After allegations that the app was harvesting and selling users’ data, Epic Games has thrown up a $1 million bounty to anyone who can provide proof of these allegations. Many accusers seem to point at untrust towards Epic investor Tencent, but Epic CEO Tim Sweeny asserted that he is the sole controlling shareholder and that Tencent and other investors have no access to Epic or Houseparty data.