These are the best April Fools’ jokes, the one’s believable enough to be real that actually do become real. Skullgirls: Encour developer Lab Zero Games might be willing to keep its April Fools’ joke character as a permanent addition to the game, depending on fan reaction.
Fukua, the joke character, was created as a clone of one of the game’s leading protagonists, Filia. Many have theorized that the character is an intentional jab at Capcom for adding palette swap characters in between all the releases for Street Fighter IV like Evil Ryu and Decapre, the most recently announced character cloned from brawler Cammy.
Speaking to Siliconera, Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow stated “We’re going to leave it up to the community to decide if Fukua stays or not,” meaning that the character will most likely stay, but she’ll have to have her invincibility powers rebalanced.
“I think we’re just going to leave her in and watch fan reaction. So far everyone seems to be having fun with her and wants her to stay, but we’ll wait a week or so before making a final decision, just to make sure the surprise/newness of the thing isn’t what’s influencing that.”
Bartholow emphasized that the character was not bait for a DLC price either, “And we’ll never charge for her. If the community wants to keep her, she’ll stay in the game and we’ll roll her out on consoles with the Eliza patch.”
Skullgirls: Encour is a wonderfully developed fighting game with plenty of nods towards the Japanese fighting game scene, especially the Arc System Works’ series Guilty Gear. It is one of the few Western developed fighting games to ever strike it big in Japan, and I am glad to see it back in full motion after business issues with former publisher Konami nearly derailed it. Be sure to check it out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Steam.