Barbz, get ready for the ancestor.
Season five of the Call of Duty video game will star rap queen Nicki Minaj as the first playable female celebrity operator character, according to publisher Activision announced On Wednesday.
Several real-life celebrities have appeared in the franchise’s games over the years, including major soccer stars Lionel Messi and basketball legend Kevin Durant. But the only women featured as Operators were fictional — until Nicki the Ninja joined the brand.
She will appear as an operator in the games Warzone and Modern Warfare II in honor of CoD’s “50 years of hip-hop celebration” along with hitmaker Snoop Dogg who did so entered into a partnership with the brand before and 21 Savage.
CoD has already warned players in one press release that the “Barbie World” rapper does not appear as “Chill Nicki” but as “Red Ruby Da Sleepe“, a nod to Minaj’s wartime hit earlier this year, in which she promises her enemies she’ll “shoot their faces off.”
The official Call of Duty Twitter page showed a teaser image from Minaj’s in-game appearance, with pink hair and a large neon pink gun.
TThe game developer said in the press release that Season 5 of Warzone and Modern Warfare 2 will see Minaj have her own showcase full of goodies, which will likely include the aforementioned Barbie-pink assault rifle.
After news of Minaj’s engagement broke on Twitter, fans flocked in and hilariously gushed about their excitement.
Minaj’s performance was teased in one last year promotional video for pre-ordering the game, which featured a star-studded mix of artists, athletes and actors, including rappers lil babycomedian Pete Davidson and country singer Kane Brown.
In the promo, Minaj can be seen standing in front of a helicopter wearing a camouflage skirt and surrounded by women as she raps, “Dress up with the barbz/superheroes, no capes.”
The trailer sparked a debate on Twitter after much discussion fans speculated that Minaj may have only secured the endorsement deal because of his fellow rapper Cardi B After hinting as much in a tweet, the former reality star dropped the ball on the occasion.
Last September the “WAP” artist tweeted about missing out on “a multi-million dollar deal” with the franchise due to legal issues surrounding one personal injury case.
The cost of the celebrity skins has not yet been announced, but they are expected to be revealed when the Season 5 update arrives on August 2nd.