7 days around the MMO world (April 5)

April Fool’s is a holiday we writers sometimes dread, a lot. The reason being that its hard to discern during this week what news is real and what isn’t. It also proves to be a slower news week in general due to the fact that developers and news sources alike don’t want to confuse people about what is and isn’t real news. With that said, we do have a couple things to share with you, but it is unfortunately a little bit lighter than usual.

The biggest nugget of MMO news joy we got this week was the proposed date for the Warhammer 40k MMO which is slated for a 2012 release. This is a two for one deal for us considering we weren’t even consciously aware that there was a Warhammer 40k MMO in the works. This comes more or less on the heels of the other War IP diving to a 300k subscription rate.

The developer Vigil Games is working on the Warhammer 40k MMO but unfortunately we have no other games to reference to them. They do have another title called Darksiders coming to the PS3 and 360 sometime this year, so hopefully we’ll be able to look to that and potentially gauge how the War 40k MMO will play out. We’re almost surprised that Relic didn’t get a shot at making the MMO version of their 40k RTS. If Blizzard showed us anything, it’s that RTS developers can make a pretty damn good MMO. Perhaps though it is a good thing that a new fresh developer is getting its hands on the established IP and avoid some of the pitfalls that Warhammer: Online and Mythic are facing. Right now there are no real details on the game itself, but be sure that when they do release them we’ll be here to share them with you.

Since it was April Fool’s this past week we figured it would be good to compile some of the best April’s Foolery from the big MMO’s in case you (like myself) missed it because you turned off your computer and played the “I’m just going to wait it out” game.

World of Warcraft came at its fan base from both sides of the pond. On the North American side we got the delight of being introduced to the Dance Battle System where players can customize, group up and have an epic dance battle. On the EU side of things you got punked with a new mount customization option called Pimp My Mount. With Pimp My Mount you can tweak your boring Saber with high-end exhaust and mounted turrets. To top it off, all of the official forums where turned into role-playing heaven. Every post was automatically translated into role-play speak. Kek, as the Orcs would say.

Other MMOs threw some pies full of funny at its fans too.

  • Start Trek Online got all infantile on us.
  • City of Heroes went text based.
  • Everquest 2 studies the art of subtlety.
  • Lord of the Rings Online got cocky and incites entitlement.

In other MMO news:

  • Masthead working on possible Fallout MMO.
  • Olso class ship details revealed for Star Trek online. Shiny.
  • Champions Online will let you register your guild, online. Yes online, not offline but online. No you see, online not the line that is off. Actually, what they’re trying to say is that you can do it online and not have to do it in-game. Confusing I know, nightmares of the “Whos on stage?” bit to ensue.
  • Pretty Dungeons and Dragons Online art woo the eyes.
  • Age of Conan giving out 7 day free trials and showers you with gifts like you are royalty.
  • MechScape, RuneScape’s spirital sucessor shows us its mechs, well a singular mech and details to boot.