Dying Light developer Techland has decided to commemorate April Fool's Day with an interesting in-game event. For the entire day, players will be superpowered.
"The Global Relief Effort has released an emergency public service announcement," the studio says. "On April 1st, citizens trapped in Harran may experience some severe side effects from tainted Antizin injections circulating in the quarantine zone. Severe caution is advised."
The side-effects of this tainted Antizin include "persistent muscle tension," "severely altered motor skills" and "obsessive compulsive need to kick stuff." What this actually means, though, is that you'll have super-strength:
Dying Light is first and foremost a survival horror game, with players relying on their parkour abilities and limited weaponry to fend off hordes of zombies. Players become fairly powerful over the course of the campaign but that power pales in comparison to the Herculean strength they'll have during this event. Their unarmed strikes catapult zombies into the air. Dropkicks are especially potent:
These superpowers are said to last from 12:00AM PST to 11:59PM PST on April 1st. That's assuming, of course, that this isn't just an early April Fool's Day joke. I really hope it isn't because tossing zombies up and down the streets of Harran sounds like a great way to spend Wednesday.
I wish more developers took this approach to April Fool's Day. At this point, I'm pretty sick of reading piles of "funny" press releases about how some shooter is getting My Little Pony DLC or some gaming hardware company is making a rumble toilet seat. I'd rather see companies actually execute their funny ideas, be it an in-game event like this or a mini-game like that Guild Wars 2 retro platformer. Not everyone has the time to do these kinds of projects but when they do, they're almost always worth it.
Dying Light's developers have much bigger plans for the game than one-off events like this. They recently revealed that they'll be adding vehicles to the game along with a new region. The PC version will also be receiving free modding tools so players can create their own add-ons.