OFF THE RECORD
OFF THE RECORD FOOL’S ERRAND Despite April Fool’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, games companies and media outlets alike weren’t going to let a day of gags go by unnoticed. The best joke goes to CD Projekt Red, who announced a limited edition figurine of Geralt taking a bath. As it turns out, several fans admitted they’d pay good money for this soapy version of the famed Witcher, so imagine their dismay when the studio had to burst their bubble... Not to be outdone, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XV: Episode Kenny, in which the mascot of the game’s diner chain goes out on an epic journey to collect the 13 Royal Salmon and become the greatest mascot of all time. Only truly feather-brained fans would be fooled into buying this 1.5bn yen (£10.75m) DLC episode, though. Third prize goes to GameSpot, who cleverly duped us all into thinking that, yes, you really could craft a special key from bits of dragon to pilot a Guardian in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Then again, given you can technically fight Ganon in your pants and get blown up by lightning by carrying metal weapons, we wouldn’t put it past Nintendo if one day this actually made it into a future update.
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April 7th 2017