Cross Promoting Video Games


Cross-promotion is not a novel concept these days.  Companies give shout outs to one another throughout various products to help promote one another, and the result is usually beneficial to both parties.

However, the idea of doing this in the world of video games – where companies are heavily competing with one another to ensure continued financial stability – is indeed something to talk about.

Recently, BioWare and 38 Studios have taken this concept to a new level.  Downloading the demo to 38 Studios’ “Kingdoms of Amalur” unlocks a unique set of armor and a weapon for Commander Shepherd in the release copy of “Mass Effect 3.”  Likewise, downloading the “Mass Effect 3” demo when it launches in the next few weeks will unlock a very cool set of N7 armor for your character in the finished “Kingdoms of Amalur” release.

Now, to be fair, both of these games are being published by Electronics Arts, so it’s not two companies that have no connection to each other that are doing this.  However, for the items to look as good as they do across both games, it’s clear that both developers were enthused about the idea of giving each other a little push.

In a world where every game could be a developer’s last (if it fails to sell well), it’s nice to see a little teamwork like this every now and again.


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Ashly Anderson knows what it’s like to live in a nerd-filled environment. A resident of Marietta, Georgia, he lives and breathes what it means to be a nerd. Film and video games are his areas of expertise, and he finds solace in plopping down on the couch after selling electronics all day to spend some quality time with quality games. Ashly is also an avid tennis player, and knows more statistics about the sport that you’d ever care about. You can find him on Twitter @gizmoafa and on Facebook

1 Comment

  1. This was also done in Metal Gear Solid 4 where you had Altair’s costume, and reciprocated in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood where you could unlock Raiden’s costume.