Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC Butterfingers Crossover is Absolutely Wild

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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC plans are coming to light, and one of the planned events will involve the Butterfingers chocolate bar brand. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most heavily-anticipated releases coming in 2020, a JRPG reimagining of the iconic Square Enix classic that will look to bring Cloud, Tifa, and Aeris to a new generation of fans while simultaneously pleasing old-school players. It's a delicate balance, but one that appears to be working so far.

Crossovers are nothing new to modern video games, and especially not Square Enix ones - the company regularly engages in DLC events that merge games like Final Fantasy XIV with other Square properties like NieR: AutomataFinal Fantasy XV, the most recent mainline entry into the franchise, was also no stranger to a bit of real-world marketing: the infamous Cup Noodle hat has gone down in history for better or worse, and appearances and events collaborating with games like Assassin's Creed have proven that Square is willing to branch out beyond its own titles.

Related: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Must Give Zack Fair A Bigger & Better Role

Not much is known about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC plans thus far, but in an announcement made earlier this week, it became clear that Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, and Crunch chocolate bars would be a factor in them. There's an official Butterfinger Final Fantasy 7 Remake website that provides a little bit more context for the promotion, which appears to task fans with purchasing and consuming chocolate bars in order to unlock certain DLC. Butterfinger also released a tweet that indicated the DLC would appear in-game at launch on April 10, 2020.

It will be interesting to see how Square Enix handles the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Butterfinger DLC event. While its other titles are more modern releases and have playerbases more accustomed to these sorts of in-game advertising campaigns, a lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's appeal lies within the fact it's resurrecting an all-time classic. With gameplay features and narrative revisions that are already straying pretty far from what the original Final Fantasy 7 looked like, it's possible fans won't be as receptive to in-game advertising as they might be in titles that aren't based on an older idea.

Still, Final Fantasy 7 Remake remains one of 2020's most important releases, and basically everything that Square Enix chooses to do with the game will likely be examined with scrutiny by eager fans. With a release date just over a month away, the advertising campaigns for Final Fantasy 7 Remake are only just beginning to ramp up - which means there could be even more partnerships on the way soon.

Next: Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Talking Dog: Red 13 Explained

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will release on April 10, 2020 for PlayStation 4.

Source: Butterfinger/Twitter, Butterfinger Official Final Fantasy 7 DLC Event Website

Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC Butterfingers Crossover is Absolutely Wild

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The Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC plans are coming to light, and one of the planned events will involve the Butterfingers chocolate bar brand. Final Fantasy 7 Remake is one of the most heavily-anticipated releases coming in 2020, a JRPG reimagining of the iconic Square Enix classic that will look to bring Cloud, Tifa, and Aeris to a new generation of fans while simultaneously pleasing old-school players. It's a delicate balance, but one that appears to be working so far.

Crossovers are nothing new to modern video games, and especially not Square Enix ones - the company regularly engages in DLC events that merge games like Final Fantasy XIV with other Square properties like NieR: AutomataFinal Fantasy XV, the most recent mainline entry into the franchise, was also no stranger to a bit of real-world marketing: the infamous Cup Noodle hat has gone down in history for better or worse, and appearances and events collaborating with games like Assassin's Creed have proven that Square is willing to branch out beyond its own titles.

Related: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Must Give Zack Fair A Bigger & Better Role

Not much is known about the Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC plans thus far, but in an announcement made earlier this week, it became clear that Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, and Crunch chocolate bars would be a factor in them. There's an official Butterfinger Final Fantasy 7 Remake website that provides a little bit more context for the promotion, which appears to task fans with purchasing and consuming chocolate bars in order to unlock certain DLC. Butterfinger also released a tweet that indicated the DLC would appear in-game at launch on April 10, 2020.

It will be interesting to see how Square Enix handles the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Butterfinger DLC event. While its other titles are more modern releases and have playerbases more accustomed to these sorts of in-game advertising campaigns, a lot of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's appeal lies within the fact it's resurrecting an all-time classic. With gameplay features and narrative revisions that are already straying pretty far from what the original Final Fantasy 7 looked like, it's possible fans won't be as receptive to in-game advertising as they might be in titles that aren't based on an older idea.

Still, Final Fantasy 7 Remake remains one of 2020's most important releases, and basically everything that Square Enix chooses to do with the game will likely be examined with scrutiny by eager fans. With a release date just over a month away, the advertising campaigns for Final Fantasy 7 Remake are only just beginning to ramp up - which means there could be even more partnerships on the way soon.

Next: Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Talking Dog: Red 13 Explained

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will release on April 10, 2020 for PlayStation 4.

Source: Butterfinger/Twitter, Butterfinger Official Final Fantasy 7 DLC Event Website

No Time To Die TV Spot Plays Up James Bond & Blofeld’s Relationship

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The latest No Time to Die international TV spot plays up the relationship between James Bond and Blofeld. The last go around for Daniel Craig as Bond, No Time to Die both introduces a new villain in Rami Malek's Safin and brings back Christoph Waltz's Blofeld for a second appearance.

A frequent foe of 007 in the '60s Bond movies starring Sean Connery, Blofeld became the quintessential Bond villain, even though he was played by multiple actors including Donald Pleasance and Telly Savalas. When the character was resurrected for the modern-day Bond movies in Spectre, producers took Blofeld beyond the one-dimensional supervillain crafted for the older movies and created an entire crazy backstory that made him Bond's adoptive brother who at one time faked his own death, and revealed that the villains of the previous three movies had all been trying to kill Bond in an elaborate revenge plot. The film's climax saw Bond sparing the life of his one-time brother, allowing Blofeld to return for No Time to Die.

Related: James Bond: 10 Reasons Why Daniel Craig Was The Best Bond

It remains to be seen what role Blofeld will play in the new movie (how exactly he fits into the plot is being kept a secret), but a new international TV spot for No Time to Die hints that the character's plans may not have been foiled in Spectre after all. The brief moment shows Bond and an imprisoned Blofeld facing off and Blofeld saying "James. Fate draws us back together" in a way that seems somewhat menacing in context. See the clip in the space below (via SF Studios Norge):

That Blofeld's line is followed by voiceover from Malek's Safin, as well as a brief glimpse of the mysterious masked character, might imply that the newest Bond villain is one last agent of SPECTRE who is still on the loose and looking to finish carrying out Blofeld's master plan, including killing Bond. Indeed, fan theories cobbled together from clues in prior trailers have posited that both Safin and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) were actually SPECTRE agents at one time, or at the very least have some connection to each other. That No Time to Die brings back both Swann and Blofeld strongly implies that everything set up in the prior movies is going to get a big payoff in the new film.

With No Time to Die representing the end of the Craig era as Bond, it would surely make sense to wrap up the whole Blofeld revenge plot arc (even if it was clumsily retconned into the rest of the series with Spectre) and bring some kind of closure to the Bond/Blofeld relationship. How that relationship might also connect back to Swann and Safin is anyone's guess at this point. If this all begins to seem a bit overly involved for a James Bond film (the older films treated plot as nothing more than a means to deliver action), it's worth also mentioning that No Time to Die reportedly carries the longest runtime of any movie in the series, which seems like further confirmation that the new film has a lot of plot to churn and a lot of resolution play out.

More: James Bond: 10 Most Problematic Moments, Ranked

Source: SF Studios Norge

No Time To Die TV Spot Plays Up James Bond & Blofeld’s Relationship

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The latest No Time to Die international TV spot plays up the relationship between James Bond and Blofeld. The last go around for Daniel Craig as Bond, No Time to Die both introduces a new villain in Rami Malek's Safin and brings back Christoph Waltz's Blofeld for a second appearance.

A frequent foe of 007 in the '60s Bond movies starring Sean Connery, Blofeld became the quintessential Bond villain, even though he was played by multiple actors including Donald Pleasance and Telly Savalas. When the character was resurrected for the modern-day Bond movies in Spectre, producers took Blofeld beyond the one-dimensional supervillain crafted for the older movies and created an entire crazy backstory that made him Bond's adoptive brother who at one time faked his own death, and revealed that the villains of the previous three movies had all been trying to kill Bond in an elaborate revenge plot. The film's climax saw Bond sparing the life of his one-time brother, allowing Blofeld to return for No Time to Die.

Related: James Bond: 10 Reasons Why Daniel Craig Was The Best Bond

It remains to be seen what role Blofeld will play in the new movie (how exactly he fits into the plot is being kept a secret), but a new international TV spot for No Time to Die hints that the character's plans may not have been foiled in Spectre after all. The brief moment shows Bond and an imprisoned Blofeld facing off and Blofeld saying "James. Fate draws us back together" in a way that seems somewhat menacing in context. See the clip in the space below (via SF Studios Norge):

That Blofeld's line is followed by voiceover from Malek's Safin, as well as a brief glimpse of the mysterious masked character, might imply that the newest Bond villain is one last agent of SPECTRE who is still on the loose and looking to finish carrying out Blofeld's master plan, including killing Bond. Indeed, fan theories cobbled together from clues in prior trailers have posited that both Safin and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) were actually SPECTRE agents at one time, or at the very least have some connection to each other. That No Time to Die brings back both Swann and Blofeld strongly implies that everything set up in the prior movies is going to get a big payoff in the new film.

With No Time to Die representing the end of the Craig era as Bond, it would surely make sense to wrap up the whole Blofeld revenge plot arc (even if it was clumsily retconned into the rest of the series with Spectre) and bring some kind of closure to the Bond/Blofeld relationship. How that relationship might also connect back to Swann and Safin is anyone's guess at this point. If this all begins to seem a bit overly involved for a James Bond film (the older films treated plot as nothing more than a means to deliver action), it's worth also mentioning that No Time to Die reportedly carries the longest runtime of any movie in the series, which seems like further confirmation that the new film has a lot of plot to churn and a lot of resolution play out.

More: James Bond: 10 Most Problematic Moments, Ranked

Source: SF Studios Norge

Love, Simon Controversy Highlights A Big Disney+ Problem

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The controversy surrounding Love, Simon, now known as Love, Victor, highlights a big Disney+ problem. Announced in the aftermath of Greg Berlanti’s hit romantic comedy of the same name, Love, Simon is an upcoming series inspired by the events of the film and taking place in the same universe. The series, which is created by the film’s screenwriters Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, will follow Victor (Michael Cimino) on a journey of self-discovery. Facing challenges at home and struggling with his sexual orientation, the new Creekwood High School student reaches out to Simon when it feels like his life too difficult to navigate. Nick Robinson, who played the title character in Berlanti’s feature, will narrate the series.

Initially, Disney+ appeared to be supportive of the spinoff. Commenting on the series back in August of last year, the senior vice president of content at the streaming service Agnes Chu said that it was an honor to bring Love, Simon’s story to Disney+. Since then however, news broke that the Love, Simon spinoff was getting a new title and, more importantly, it would be moving to Hulu. The decision to switch to Hulu, which The Walt Disney Company has a controlling stake in, was reportedly reached because Hulu was deemed a better fit for Love, Simon’s mature subject matter.

Related: Every Disney+ Original Movie & TV Show Coming In 2020

A source close to the production of the spinoff says the change in the platform is unrelated to worries about Love, Simon’s homosexual themes. Rather, it cited the general sexual content and underage alcohol consumption as areas which didn’t fit with Disney+’s family-friendly ethos. Regardless of whether or not this is true, and there are reasons to be skeptical given Disney’s relationship to censorship, it does point to a larger problem with the Disney+ platform.

The issue is that, even as Disney attempts to broaden its representation in The Eternals and Thor: Love & Thunder, it has appeared fairly skittish about what it will allow on smaller screens. Love, Simon isn’t the only program to face changes for reasons related to content and subject matter. High Fidelity, the critically-acclaimed drama starring Zoë Kravitz, was moved from Disney+ after Hulu was chosen as a more appropriate fit. While that decision might be understandable, considering that show’s occasionally bitter perspective, it makes far less sense with established teen franchises such as Love, Simon and Lizzie McGuire.

Lizzie McGuire lead Hilary Duff reacted to the Love, Simon controversy by posting a screenshot to her Instagram story. “Sounds familiar,” her caption read. Although the comment is cryptic, it lends credence to the possibility that the Lizzie McGuire reboot has stalled at Disney+ for similar reasons. Two episodes of the Lizzie McGuire revival were filmed before showrunner, and original series creator, Terri Minsky walked away from the project due to creative differences.

It’s easy to imagine a scenario where Disney+ is harmed by an inclination to sanitize its output. Faced by competition from Netflix, which releases new content on a far more frequent basis, and AppleTV+, which has already garnered major awards, Disney+ does itself no favors by gaining a reputation for playing it safe. If the notion that Disney+ is a family-friendly destination first and foremost, potential subscribers might not be compelled to pay for content which is designed to evade any real narrative risks.

Related: Disney+ Is Struggling To Match The Mandalorian's Success

There is also, separately, the issue of optics. While the plethora of MCU shows on the way might get a longer leash in terms of what subjects are tackled, and while The Mandalorian contains moments of violence already, Disney+ has stepped in to discard a show that places an LGBTQ+ protagonist at the center. It reaches that decision even as films like 10 Things I Hate About You, containing plenty of drinking and references to sex, remain available for viewing as part of the streaming library. This apparent inconsistency leads to questions about why certain mature depictions are tolerated, while Love, Simon is banished altogether.

More: Disney+ Vs Netflix: Which Streaming Service Is Better

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