Pop-star Ariana Grande will soon be a playable character in Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius.
THE MOBILE GAME WHICH FEATURES TWO KNIGHTS WHO CAN SUMMON
The mobile game, which features two knights who can summon ‘visions’ to help in combat, is a free-to-play Final Fantasy entry that’s actually quite good. It has old-school turn-based combat and a great soundtrack, with decent retro graphics and lots of quests (though I’ve only played some of them.)
Grande announced that her likeness as ‘DW’ (or Dangerous Woman) would appear in the game via Instagram. The character appears to be modeled after her album cover of the same name:
On Instagram, Grande wrote of her character: “it’s the cutest thing i’ve ever seen in my entire life and i’m so excited and in love with it i cannot contain myself.”
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME A NON FICTIONAL CHARACTER MAKES
This will be the first time a non-fictional character makes an appearance in Final Fantasy. It’s also a fairly obvious marketing ploy aimed at attracting a younger audience to the Japanese RPG franchise.
I find the whole thing fairly innocuous, if a tad shameless.
DW as a character looks exactly like someone you’d find in this series, after all, replete with bunny ears—a hallmark of Final Fantasy avatars. For non-Ariana Grande fans the addition will hardly be noticeable; for fans, it will be fun. And for Square Enix and Gumi, this could lead to new players of Brave Exius as well as other games in the long-running series.
I HOPE THIS DOES SET A NEW PRECEDENT FOR FINAL FANTASY
On the other hand, I hope this doesn’t set a new precedent for Final Fantasy. I don’t want to dungeon crawl with a party comprised of the latest teen pop-stars, even though—in all fairness—that is what a party of Final Fantasy characters tends to look like. FFXV is basically just a boy band, after all.
If you haven’t tried Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius out yet, I recommend it. It’s really pretty good for a mobile RPG, and I love the retro Final Fantasy gameplay.