Diminutive pop princess Ariana Grande will appear in the free-to-play Final Fantasy Brave Exvius complete with her signature Dangerous Woman bunny ears.
The star shared images of her character on Instagram and in the video above we hear from the game's producers and see how her song Touch It is getting remixed for the game with the help of an orchestra. The surprise appearance in the video is legit music producer Nick Wood, who found SYN Productions with Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Le Bon.
pretty lil thing holds her own in a room of men in suits ♡ 👋🏼 I'm SO so excited to finally share that I'll be featured in FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS *crying* 🌌♡ check out my character in the game, 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. #FFBEWW 🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌🌌
But this isn't Grande's first foray into the games scene, way back in 2011 she starred in Victorious: Time to Shine and Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut. The Xbox 360 Kinect and Nintendo 3DS games were based on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and, it's fair to say, were not well known among hardcore gamers.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is the little free-to-play kid brother of the Final Fantasy series, and was released in Japan in October 2015 and everywhere else last June. At last count it's been downloaded over 5 million times. When we spoke to Chris Hardwick, TV star and founder of Nerdist Industries, he admitted to being a fan.
"Whereas the other Final Fantasy games have been retro-fitted to mobile, this is actually made for mobile and it's great. I love it," he says.
"I've spent a lot of money playing the game, which I know makes people upset, but I guess I sort of feel like, "you know, I would spend 20 bucks to go see a movie. Why wouldn't I spend 20 bucks to play a game all day?"