Did we expect to be writing an article that combines both Animal Crossing and fast-food chain KFC this morning? No. Are we glad that we've been given such a glorious opportunity to do just that? You bet.
Yes, KFC has opened its very own digital restaurant within Animal Crossing: New Horizons, decorating an island with everything you could possibly need to successfully house and feed any hungry guests passing by. There are tables to sit down at, menu boards so that you can choose your favourite dish, and even the famous Colonel Sanders himself.
Take a look:
Perhaps the best part, though, is that KFC is opening up the island to its fans on Facebook at specific times. If a visitor manages to find the Colonel when visiting, they'll get the chance to win a free eight-piece bucket of real KFC. It's all going down on the KFC Philippines page.
Not bad, huh? Anyone else suddenly feeling really hungry?
[source facebook.com, via ungeek.ph]
Welp, that does it. ACNH IS a new social network now.😆
I'm sensing Animal Crossing is going to become a social networking platform in the future, with all manner of commercial setups like this KFC one.
That is, if Nintendo could ever get their arse in gear and think big enough to make it happen.
Using custom hat designs for their signature buckets of chicken is amazingly creative.
I'll take this over PETA's invasion of Blather's museum any day.
@gcunit I hope not, I stopped fully with social media few years ago because of what it caused to my personal life in the end.
Did anyone else see their "next gen console announcement" the other day? The KFConsole? Plays games at true 4k, 120fps and even cooks chicken 😂
I'm curious. How much can companies do this? "Video game bars" have been shut down for using games meant for personal use, in a commercial setting. Can companies just use games in their advertising like this without Nintendo's permission? I mean, it's Nintendo's IP.
Or maybe they did partner with Nintendo. KFC is actually really popular in Japan. (Yes, I was surprised to learn that too)
What the fffffried chicken??
@Heavyarms55 i'm curious about that too. I would guess they can, but Nintendo has every right to delete it.
I hope ut can stay since i find it quite a cool idea. And it ssn't offensive since the user has to deliberately visit that island.
Not like the auto download bs Sony has done on the ps4.
KFC LOL 🤣
Next, Mc Donald, Carl's Jr, Wendy's, etc.
"It's all going down on the KFC Phillipines page."
So... does that mean I have to be a resident of the Philippines to enter this giveaway? That's a shame if so.
Still, this is an awesome promotion! And this is coming from a guy who usually hates KFC's bizarre publicity stunts. Like having celebrities creepily dress up as their dead founder, which just makes me uncomfortable. Or--I kid you not--running a Facebook contest where parents who legally name their newborn child "Harland" after Sanders' first name would be ELIGIBLE to win free chicken. Yep, a name that the kid is stuck with for the rest or their life and it isn't a guarantee to even get you anything. I hope nobody in their right mind really entered that one, and if so, I pity who will be the only kid in elementary school with the name Harland.
@tech7 Auto download?
@RickD I'd buy it.
As an animal crossing veteran, I'd never thought I'd see the day where it's used as a platform to advertise actual brands.
@Heavyarms55 the ps4 has an option (or had,) to enable promotions. It is on per default (or at least was). One day i had a copy of destiny 2 on my ps4. It turned out to be a demo auto pushed as a promotion due to this option, after some quick research. But my first instinct was that something did go wrong with my account. Not a big deal and easy to turn off. But that is some kind of marketing I despise. Most interesting, i had the ps4 multiple years at that point, and that was the first time it happened (and to the people i found online who had the same problem).
Really love some KFC and miss my KFC buffet in town. Could put back 4 chicken breasts and a side of potatoes and gravy with room for dessert.
THis IS finger-licking good
I heard of bucket hats but really. 😆
Got to admit that this is clever. 👍
Oh God, if only KFC didn't cause a violent reaction in my guts...
@Anti-Matter Wendy's has their own Twitch account and were live streaming Animal Crossing last time I saw.
Not hungry. Hate KFC. Peta should go harder efter them and leave AC alone.
This makes me happy!
@tech7 Yuck! Wouldn't that clog the hell out of storage? Even game demos aren't tiny usually.
What is with KFC getting into gaming lately?
Is the name of the island Diabetes?
At this point i find it extremely entertaining to see who is going to be offended by this.
I would love to see Five Guys make a Animal Crossing Island of there own where they give visitors free Hamburgers and fries.
@Not_Soos They could just rename the kid shortly after the contest, or constantly call him the name they planned before the contest.
@brandonbwii : Diabetes Fried Chicken sounds disgusting.
@FrowningCoach There’s always PETA.
@Heavyarms55 totally unrelated laws. What you're describing with the video game bars sounds like they purchased a game meant for personal use only for a commercial purpose, which of course would be against the law (here, and I assume in other countries like the Philippines).
There are so many examples of companies using ACNH to advertise, and Nintendo being fully on board with it. Obviously there's a line companies can't cross, but this is so far behind the line, it's not even funny. My favourite example of using ACNH to advertise has been the various gaming companies releasing outfits from their famous characters on ACNH, and like this example, people getting involved would need to follow the companies to get the code to take part.
An example where advertising wouldn't be suitable would be in public chats in games, where those in the game could not avoid it. This is not that.
@Rayquaza2510 I left social media five years ago and people still treat me funny. Apparently in some places, they think you’re a dodgy individual if you don’t have a Facebook. Everyone from someone who runs a business for his gym and markets entirely through social media exclusively told me that I need one, ex-girlfriends told me to go back on so they could tag me in photos, and other friends make fun of me for being the killjoy, even showing this one YouTube parody “The Man without a Facebook.”
I can now see myself further disinterested in AC if it ever becomes a de facto social media network.
@tech7 Ugh, reminds me of when iTunes pushed a new U2 album onto everyone’s devices years ago and how much damage control they had to do afterwards.
@FrowningCoach Yeah, I fail to see what is offensive about this. Might rub some people the wrong way about marketing a product, but as someone who doesn’t really eat KFC or fast food, I still think that this is pretty good marketing.
@Heavyarms55 yes. That is one of the reason i was angry. I'm still running a 500 gb ps4. Since I prefer niche games which are usually on the small side.
@Severian yes that sounds very similar. I think it was only done on a small scale (or many people had that promotion option disabled). Still i hope that this stays an exception. I would have no problem with an occasional pop-up asking if I want to try something. But clocking my disk space and bandwidth w/o asking is a no go.
@tech7 I have the 500gb model too, so I can’t let those promotions get pushed onto me, especially because Internet is slow here. Really criminal.
Too bad KFC's quality has gone so far downhill. Give me Popeye's or Chik-Fil-A any day of the week.
My wife told me about this because everyone is talking about it in her online group of Filipino AC players. She really wants to visit just to check it out (and brag).
Edit: Also, you don't have to live in the Philippines to visit. It's just that you need to consider what time it is over there because it's only open at certain times of day. As an American, it's very early in the morning for me to visit.
I like to think that Sanders lives on in a place like this. ^^
This reminds me of Redbull on Playstation Home. It's a brilliant idea to market a company in an online game world.
@Heavyarms55 yeah it tastes different though! And did you know they have it on christmas day! Its very common and it came because they seem to think we have fried chicken in the uk on xmas. Bonkers🇬🇧🍗😋🎅happy gaming and a have a great weekend
@ryobi85 I was gonna say it's not that different, but I haven't been back to the US in years so maybe I just don't remember right. lol
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