The observant among the WoW community will have noticed that, on the Warcraft
side at least, Blizzard didn't put out an April Fool's joke this year. There was a little confusion surrounding this, as Crabby
made a reappearance on the official forums, back for another year, and a really excellent piece of fan-created art depicting a Dark Ranger
was doing the rounds. The Starcraft team documented the apparent return of the Warhound
, and even implemented it in-game, re-skinning all your workers as Warhounds.
And while some of the WoW
community were happy to amuse themselves with ElvUI's Harlem Shake
, or Wowhead's PTR patch notes
, others grew increasingly angry that the WoW
team hadn't put together a prank for this most foolish of days. Blizzard Senior Community Rep Jonathan "Zarhym" Brown took to Twitter, and to the official forums, to attempt to explain the absence of any seasonal folly.
All his posts are after the break, but the long and short of it is that, firstly, while some ideas had been bandied about, nothing had really stuck, and secondly, the team who usually work on the April Fool's jokes had been rather busy with other things. What other things could possibly have taken priority? Maybe Hearthstone
itself, the Hearthstone
website, or the recent revamp of the shop page
, given how Zarhym explains the teams' roles
It seems like Blizzard can't win: last year there were complaints
that they wasted Developer time on April foolishness, this year, complaints that they didn't. What's your take on it? Did you wish they had done something? Or would you rather they spent time designing real content? Hit the break for Zarhym's posts.