April Fool's Day is a swirling maelstrom of obligatory humor that we can never escape, no matter how hard we try.

Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh.

April Fool's Day is a hectic day for gamers. Damn near every company in the industry releases fake news to make their fans laugh and maybe get a little publicity for their upcoming games in the process. Some fans and sites pitch in with jokes of your own.

A lot of the fabricated news turns out to be really funny. However, it also creates plenty of confusion because many publishers are also releasing real news, too. More than a few April Fool's jokes have been taken seriously by accident.

Here are a few examples of pranks you should watch out for this year.

From Software Acquired By Microsoft
From Software Acquired By Microsoft
Microsoft has purchased Japanese developer From Software for an unknown sum. The Studio will be renamed Microsoft Games Tokyo and focus on creating Xbox One exclusive sequels in the Dark Souls series. Dark Souls 3, currently in pre-production, will be the first game in the series to exclusively use Kinect controls.

"We're excited to see what From Software can do with Kinect 2.0.," said Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer. "Imagine being able to defeat bosses just by nailing dance moves with your friends."

Who doesn't love a good "scrappy upstart purchased by massive corporation" hoax? They prey on gamers' suspicions that their favorite company's just a hair away from selling out and losing all the qualities that made them admirable in the first place. This fear's probably at an all-time high thanks to the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook last week.

The reason these types of jokes are so common is that they're so easy to make, too. Just pick some developer with little drama and a good track record, and then pick a large publisher or tech company with plenty of controversies to their name. Then make up some completely awful idea based on stereotypes of that conglomerate. EA bought Valve and shut down Steam! Activision purchased CD Projekt so they can make a medieval-themed Call of Duty!

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