Oh man, some of these April Fools' day pranks are less like pranks and more like “Well why the heck can't we have that in the game?” That's exactly what the case is for the goofy but conceptually awesome trailer featuring fake Optimus Prime DLC for their first-person, mech shooter, Titanfall, as seen on IGN.
Of course, Respawn is especially careful not to explicitly infringe on Hasbro's prime-time leader of the Autobots. The trailer goes around and about to avoid directly saying Optimus Prime or using any of the alien-robot's heroic phrases (in full).
In addition to all of that, the video creators purposefully made Optimus look a lot like a doofus bot. He's there, and you can obviously tell who it is, but at the same time he has a disproportionate body sort of like a pro bodybuilder roided up in all the wrong places.
His head is really huge, his arms are a bit misshapen, his pelvic region looks a little too big for its own good and his legs look like they could have used some chicken meat.
However, I get the feeling that his design was purposefully made to look completely ridiculous for the very reason that if the video gained enough attention and he looked legit enough, I can't imagine any gamer out there who wouldn't be pelting Respawn's Twitter account for the addition of Optimus Prime.
In fact, one of the highest rated comments on the Reddit thread for the video basically explains this very conundrum...
“Why do April's fool jokes have to be that cool. They're all saying awesome things are coming. You know what? I want awesome things in games, this is one of them.
This, this and more of this.
For those of you who missed it, they should definitely take cues from the latest Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and dump in either the Cybertron Optimus or the G1 Optimus.
Nevertheless, I get the feeling that Hasbro would charge an arm and a leg in licensing fees if Respawn wanted to add Prime as playable DLC. But speaking for myself... I would definitely buy Titanfall and the DLC to play as Optimus... maybe even on the Xbox One, just because I don't like using Origin. Heck, this could be one way to actually start selling Xbox Ones, because we all know that giving away free games isn't helping.
Anyway, the trailer was a nice little “ha, ha” moment. I just wish that it wasn't an April Fools' joke. Too bad.
Titanfall is available right now on PC and the Xbox 792p. The Xbox 360 version of the game is coming out later this month.