Bungie's April Fools jokes

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Mister Chief points out the jokes.

Bungie keeps the tradition of making and posting April Fool's jokes every year since 2002, usually related to Halo or a fictional game called Pimps at Sea.

2001

  • Bungie announces their latest project, Pimps at Sea.[1]

2002

  • Bungie unveils Halo Babies, an animated television series. The series is scheduled to debut on fall 2002.[2] The series would later loan its name to a fan web comic.

2003

  • Bungie announces Bungie.net Pro, a parody of online premium membership accounts. "For $7/month, suscribers will get access to boatloads of webcams, an online version of the Halo Story Bible, developer diaries, daily Halo 2 screenshots, and more!".[3] Ironically, Bungie would later actually release such a premium membership, Bungie Pro.
  • Bungie announces new byproducts related to the "almost-ready" Pimps at Sea.[4]

2004

  • Bungie posted a news item about the new lengths to which the product placement model is being taken in Halo 2; Keds, Arby's and Starbucks are all among the companies that will be showcased in-game.[5]

2005

2006

Main article: Halopedia:Bungie Weekly Update 03-31-06
  • Bungie tells a website that a Nintendo DS port of Halo 2 would be announced at E3 2006. This is unrelated to the Halo DS prototype, which was unsuccessfully pitched by a smaller company to Bungie.[6]
  • Bungie exposes the supposed Flood on a Plane upcoming film as a realistic April Fools' gag, explaining that people shouldn't buy it as real.[6]

2007

  • Bungie posted an apology for an industry leak of the upcoming Pimps at Sea movie.[7]

2008

  • The Players Online world map in Halo 3's Matchmaking Lobby shows an image of Mister Chief across Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Bungie posted new positions on their Jobs page - Port/Emulation Specialist, 3D UI Designer... and Animator/Dance Choreographer.[8]

2009

  • Bungie announces the creation of the "Bungie Ultimate Ninja Gaming League Extreme", or "B.U.N.G.L.E", a Halo 3 professional gaming league that will overtake MLG.[9]
  • Bungie states that the famous Halo fansite, halo.bungie.org, is shutting down.[citation needed]

2010

  • Bungie releases a new Halo: Reach ViDoc, "Zugzwang Evolved", explaining how traditional first-person-shooter multiplayer will be replaced with competitive chess.[10]
  • One day before April Fool's Day, Bungie posts on Twitter about a Halo announcement the next day and include a picture of a Spartan. The next day, it proves to be an IGN.com parody trailer to a "new" Bollywood movie about Halo.
  • Bungie tells a website that Halo: Reach will be released for the Sony Playstation 3, a competing console to the Xbox 360, which Reach was actually exclusive too. They went as far as to say they'd split their Reach development since the beginning, one team for the Xbox 360 and one for the PS3. The PS3 version would be $10 cheaper, and would come out a week earlier than the Xbox 360 version.[citation needed]

2011

  • Bungie announces PimpsVille, a Facebook game based on their long-running faux "Pimps at Sea" franchise.[11]
  • Bungie announces the "Halo: Reach Player Improvernator", which claims to be able to "magically" make a player better. Typing in one's gamertag will allow them to press a button that will begin rising up their stats, complete with congratulatory messages at being made better.[12]

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References

  1. ^ halo.bungie.org: Set sail for a different kind of booty
  2. ^ halo.bungie.org: Ten Thousand Strong... and Shooting
  3. ^ halo.bungie.org: Bungie.net Pro - you gotta have it.
  4. ^ halo.bungie.org: PimpWheel, Baby.
  5. ^ halo.bungie.org: Money - it's not just for breakfast anymore.
  6. ^ a b Bungie Weekly Update 03-31-06
  7. ^ halo.bungie.org: Number One with a Hook
  8. ^ halo.bungie.org: Bungie's hiring again!
  9. ^ Bungie.net: Introducing B.U.N.G.L.E
  10. ^ Zugzwang Evolved Vidoc
  11. ^ Bungie.net, Welcome to PimpsVille (April 1, 2011)
  12. ^ Halo Charts.com, Halo: Reach Player Improvernator, Site Update April 1, 2011