Blizzard April Fool’s Roundup
When it comes to April Fool’s tomfoolery, Blizzard never disappoints its fanbase. As has become customary, this industry titan has a prank for each of its three franchises–two for World of Warcraft.
For Diablo 3, Blizzard has announced a new Horadric Cube app for your smartphones. Transmute your apps into new, more powerful ones, by mix-and-matching different combinations in a throwback to the good old Diablo 2 days.
Just be sure to read the fine print disclaimer:
Blizzard Entertainment shall not be held responsible for any damages resulting from improper use of the Horadric Cube application (“the app”) including, but not limited to, headaches, sleeplessness, rashes, hauntings, curses, dismemberment, disembowelment, evisceration, conflagration, immolation, insanity, demonic possession, or athlete’s foot, nor shall Blizzard Entertainment be held responsible for any loss of souls or property damage caused by monsters, the undead, demons, or any other type of Lesser or Prime Evil. Contact Blizzard Entertainment support in case of unholy auras, ghostly visitations, or other paranormal phenomena.
The last time Blizzard released a game on console was over ten years ago: StarCraft for the Nintendo 64. Though I shudder at the travesty that release was, news of their latest foray into the console market looks more promising:
A million people would buy this. Most of them in Korea.
Remember the Office Assistant? That annoying paperclip that everyone learned to turn off a decade ago? Well here’s the Dungeon Helper for World of WarCraft, in all his irritating glory.
But the WoW news doesn’t stop there; Blizzard has announced the Tomb of Immortal Darkness, a new dungeon with a twist–you play it in complete darkness.
Included is an image captioned: “See how the terror and gloom of the concept art (left) is implemented in-game (right),” with what appears to be, at first glance, a black screen. But with the magic of advanced forensic photographic restoration processes (aka the PhotoShop “levels” feature), we’ve uncovered the hidden image within:
It doesn’t reveal much, but it proves that Blizzard is a stickler for detail. A completely black screen just wouldn’t cut it.