‘Boost your vitality +1’
Want to support a major publisher and adhere to CDC-approved COVID-19 guidelines at the same time? Square Enix is running an ill-advised, grim, and kinda-weird promotion that fits all the criteria.
Square Enix sent an email today announcing that anyone who spends $100 or more at the Square Enix Store will get a free face mask included with their order. There are asterisks next to the word “free” because the mask isn’t free at all. Here’s the email we were sent:
“Boost your vitality +1” is how it’s phrased because what is life besides an arduous role-playing game? The depressing subtext is that you can stay healthy by spending $100 on video games and video game merchandise. Maybe just throwing in a mask with every order would’ve looked less opportunistic.
(For what it’s worth, the link in the email doesn’t take you directly to any landing page for the promotion. There’s a chance Square Enix has already pulled it and scrubbed all mentions from the store.)
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Square Enix sold 54 Eidos games on Steam for $40 with all the money going to charity. Sometimes companies make good decisions, and sometimes companies make bad decisions.