So it was just made aware, through Ariana Grande’s Instagram account, that the TV star-turned-Pop Star is to have a character based on her in “Final Fantasy Brave: Exvius“. This character is to be clad in her trademark bunny ears. So, is it a decent fit? Honestly, I don’t think it’s going to matter much. As dozens of games have had in-game cameos that were in reference to an actor or whoever, for example, when “World of Warcraft” inserted a character based on Robin Williams’ character, Genie from Aladdin in memoriam.
Some people do not agree. As some people don’t believe that she’s a good fit for the game. One person showed concern for how she would backlash on the game for the response to the character, saying “@gamespot let me guess, in super revealing clothes, then moaning how she feels objectified?” Making reference to how, in recent news, Grande made complaints on how fans find her attractive when she wears revealing clothes. With that, I would agree that is a concern, as this could be used as a platform for her to complain about some backlash and get press as a result, given her history of doing so. However, until that actually happens, I’m hesitant to say that is her motive.
The main issue I have is that it’s such a weird choice. I mean, yeah this kind of thing has happened before, as I’ve mentioned prior, but at the very least Robin Williams was a truly vocal pro-video game celebrity. I believe she’s made one or two mentions about playing video games, but it was always vague and in my research, there’s only one time when she’s talked about video games prior to the reveal of the character to be based on her.
Personally, I’d have more of an issue if this was in the main series, but not because she’s a public figure in a series I enjoy, as I didn’t have any problem with Sean Bean in Kingsglaive. Nevertheless, I just don’t like her acting (since I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing her work in Victorious and Sam and Cat). furthermore, I don’t feel as though her voice acting would be much better. So if she was brought into “Final Fantasy XVI” or brought in as a cameo character in the updates to come to “Final Fantasy XV“. I probably would have rolled my eyes and groaned in agony. However, it wouldn’t change whether or not I’d buy the game, or play the DLC in the future.
I guess Square Enix is trying to pull an audience for the mobile game by having Ariana Grande put into the game, but “Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius” currently has 533,733 downloads on the Google Play Store and Square is always guaranteed some following for a game no matter what game is released from them. So the adding of a generic Pop Star is just weird. For the life of me, I can’t see why this deal would have to go down to benefit Square Enix any, especially considering how recently “Final Fantasy XV” is currently the fastest game in the series, and will bring new eyes to the rest of the series, including the side games. I’m just going to pin this down to publicity for publicity’s sake and try to leave it at that.
In closing, the bringing in of Ariana Grande’s likeness in Brave Exvius is, in my opinion, a weird choice, but not one I’m entirely against. So this shouldn’t change anyone’s opinion on whether or not they should download the game. However, should this backlash and Ariana Grande ends up using the backlash to get more attention. Then I’m very likely to change my opinion. As it would give the sense that, in essence, that would have been the primary purpose of her getting involved in the game.
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
I am a fan of the Final Fantasy series but I am in no way a fan of Ariana Grande or her work.
Robin Ek – Editor
The Gaming Ground
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