April Fool’s Day is a silly time on the internet, where everything is strange and nothing is to be believed. Wait, that pretty much makes it like every other day on the internet. Whatever. Moving on.
For this year’s gag, Call of Duty introduced a joke game mode called “Prop Hunt” into the playlist for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (which is still only available as a bonus add-on in some editions of 2016’s Infinite Warfare). Prop Hunt changed the game from Team Deathmatch to Hide and Go Seek, allowing one team to disguise themselves as random props throughout the map (like garbage cans, tables, or chairs), and the other team is forced to try and hunt them down. It’s a mode inspired by (or copied from) similar game modes in Garry’s Mods.
The new game mode, which was only supposed to stick around for a weekend, proved so popular that gamers are begging Activision and Raven Software to keep it going permanently. Popular YouTuber Ali-A tweeted out this plea, which quickly racked up over 15,000 favorites.
— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) April 3, 2017
The mode allows the prop team to change their disguise twice during a match, and arms them with blinding flashbangs in case they need to make a quick escape (but no guns, obviously, because dumpsters can’t hold weapons).
One problem is that the remastered version of Modern Warfare still isn’t available to the general public. Hopefully that will change, now that everyone who was ever going to buy Infinite Warfare probably already has.
Here’s a fun video of Prop Hunt in action: