The Best of the Rest of April Fools’ Day

Who says that I can’t drag out April Fools’ recaps beyond just April 2nd? Since I’m extremely busy IRL, I’m giving you some of the best press releases that were dropped on April 1st as well. It wasn’t just Blizzard having all the fun on April Fools’ Day. Many more devs got in on the action.

Bohemia Interactive presents Arma 3 Karts

Bohemia Interactive, the award-winning creators of the critically acclaimed Arma series and the standalone version of DayZ, are proud to announce Arma 3™ Karts – the first official premium DLC for Arma 3™.

Bring the battle to the race track in the adrenaline-fueled Karts DLC pack for Arma 3™. Featuring the most skill-based discipline in motorsport, Arma 3™ Karts lets you experience the intense thrill of open-wheel racing, while you burn rubber on some of the most iconic licensed circuits on Altis. Feel every bump in the asphalt, tune your driving skills to perfection, and slide into pole position. Be fast, be relentless, pedal to the metal. This is where rivalries are born; this is where the world’s greatest go head-to-head. This is Arma 3™ Karts.

·         GO KARTS
Get behind the wheel of the fastest kart ever built – modeled with an uncompromising attention to detail. Choose from seven stock liveries, or sign one out of the four exclusive sponsorship deals.
·         GO RACING
Shave milliseconds off your personal record in five high-octane Time Trial challenges. Duke it out against other drivers online and achieve victory in the ultimate multiplayer race event on Altis.
·         KARTING PARADISE
Welcome to Altis – a 270 km² Mediterranean playground full of kart racing spectacle. Here, wheels and alarm pistols are your weapons, and helmets your best defense.
·         SPLENDID™ HANDLING
Configured specifically for Arma 3™ Karts, Bohemia Interactive’s SplendID™ Handling technology powers the most authentic, raw, and visceral driving experience in racing game history.
·         THIS IS ARMA 3™ KARTS
Live life in the fast lane as you return to the roots of racing. Get into next gear to earn you place in the grid. With stunning visuals, an unparalleled handling system, and genre-defining content, this is kart racing simulation at its finest.

“Since we’re already in the zombie business with DayZ, we felt the next logical expansion would be to take on karting”, said Jay Crowe, Creative Director on Arma 3. “Our sandbox could not be called complete without karts, and thus we set ourselves the goal to recreate this pure form of racing. Welcome to Arma 3’s World of Karts: drive / overtake / win.”

Bohemia Interactive has scheduled the Arma 3™ Karts DLC for the second quarter of 2014. The exact release date and price will be announced at a later date.

Wargaming Launches Its First Browser Game

Company reveals Chris Taylor’s new project

Wargaming today announced the release of the survival tank slasher World of Tanks: Crayfish. Developed by Wargaming Seattle, the title is now available globally through all Internet browsers.

“This is my next big thing,” said Chris Taylor, General Manager and Creative Director at Wargaming Seattle. “We can’t wait for everyone to finally get their hands on it.”

The release version of World of Tanks: Crayfish features four original battle arenas and 10 levels of dynamic PvE tank combat. Players are tasked with killing hordes of crayfish that rage across three classes: Small, Medium, and Large.

“I’ve been asked recently why an international company with over 3,000 employees is so slow in presenting new titles and what Chris Taylor and his team are working on in Seattle,” said Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi. “Well, here’s our latest project, and it answers both.”

Next up for the game is the two-player co-op mode that will put a fun twist on the core gameplay. Designed similar to platoons in World of Tanks, it will allow tankers to join forces with friends and develop elaborate tactics together.

‘Tropico’ Spin-off Llama Simulator Announced

You’ve built them a ranch. You‘ve watched them for hours and hours. You’ve fostered and nourished them. You’ve adored them. Now it’s time to take control…and assume the role of an exotic Llama. Llama Simulator is the brilliant new spin-off of the universally acclaimed Tropico series. For the first time ever play as a Llama living on the island paradise of Tropico. Devour delicious fresh grass and explore Tropico on four feet – or patrol the streets and disrupt Tropican traffic during rush hour.

Customize your Llama: select fur colour, size, and the length of your tongue – but make sure you help it stand out from the herd by equipping it with a huge range of fashionable accessories. Enjoy ridiculous hats, a variety of false beards and even leather jackets (goat leather, of course!). Plus, Llama Simulator also features awe-inspiring full 1080p HD graphics rendered in an astounding 60 FPS. Just imagine how gorgeous that Llama fur is going to look.

Experience no story or campaign at all and finally understand what it means to be a Llama living a life of luxury on the island of Tropico in Llama Simulator. Coming 2014.

Features of Llama Simulator

  • For the first time: Explore Tropico as a Llama – either from the viewpoint of the chaser or the llama

  • No obligations: Llama Simulator provides you with zero thrilling missions and no absorbing campaign – do whatever you like, when you like.

  • The beauty of silence: Experience absolutely no compelling background story in non-existent breath-taking cut scenes, not narrated by professional voice actors.

  • Customize your Llama and make its appearance a unique sight with countless flamboyant accessories

  • Play as Hector, El Presidente’s favorite Llama!

  • Massive graphics

  • Llamas

Guild Wars 2 Bobble Heads

Good morning,

Unnamed studies indicate players feel more emotionally engaged with characters that have heads, which is why every character in Guild Wars 2 has one. If players like characters that have heads, logic dictates that they’ll lovecharacters with freakishly large heads, which is why NCSOFT and ArenaNet have added 200% more cranium to all player characters!

Enjoy your new gigantic craniums, beginning 1st April, 2014 (you’re totally welcome).

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition for Playstation 3 System, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today are releasing Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition for digital download on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system and PC.  Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition enhances the core pillars of the previously released handheld version of the game with high-definition visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and batsuits. Fans can begin downloading the game today on the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live Games Store, Nintendo eShop and STEAM.  The game is scheduled for release in Europe and other international territories beginning 1st of April on PC and in the Xbox Live Games Store, 2nd of April on the PS3™, and later in April on the Wii U.

Previously only available for PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system, and created as a companion game toBatman: Arkham OriginsBatman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition features enhanced high-definition 2.5-D graphics and, 5.1 surround sound. Players will be able to guide their way through Blackgate prison with the new navigational system created for this version of the game. In addition, they can suit up with the exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin which players can unlock by registering for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account.

Set three months after Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman is summoned to restore peace and order within the walls of Blackgate Prison. Players will explore the depths of the island penitentiary as Batman investigates and realizes that there is more to the henchman uprising than initially meets the eye.

Wait. That last one might actually be legit.

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About Steve Murray

Steve is the founder and editor of The Lowdown Blog and et geekera. On The Lowdown Blog, he often writes about motorsports, hockey, politics and pop culture. Over on et geekera, Steve writes about geek interests and lifestyle. Steve is on Twitter at @TheSteveMurray.

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