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For April Fools' Day, ArenaNet released a commercial featuring a fake 16-bit platformer based on Guild Wars 2. Today the joke became a reality, with Rytlock's Critter Rampage available for play through web browsers.
"Originally, we just wanted to build out a couple sprites to fake the game in After Effects, but one of the cinematic artists on my team (Delly Sartika) has long harbored an interest in building his own retro platformer, so he volunteered to build out a playable version of our totally fake game," explained ArenaNet cinematics team lead Matthew Oswald on the GW2 blog.
Critter Rampage stars Rytlock Brimstone, the feared Charr warrior. He'll battle turtles, snakes and more using his feet. He'll also rescue a few animals along the way. ArenaNet says you should play on Easy mode "unless you are a wizard."
The game's surprisingly deep. It has 10 secret treasures to find, and 4 different endings. You don't have to play the game all in one shot, either, because it has a save system.
To play Critter Revenge, go here.