Katy Perry is dropping her new album Smile on Friday, August 28th. A video game called Katy’s Quest is coming, too.
The video game was first featured in her “Smile” music video. But now it’s a playable experience thanks to a partnership with Alienware. The game sees players find smiles for circus characters like Strong Man, Frog Prince, and Wolf Boy.
“Guess what? #Smile ain’t the only thing dropping on Friday,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “Katy’s Quest will be available on 8/28 at Alienware. Help me find my smile (& share smiles with @MusicCares and @ExtraLife4Kids) while u listen to the new record!” she continued.
The two organizations she tagged in her tweets are dedicated to charity organizations. MusiCares is a charity designed to help the music industry recover from COVID-19. Extra Life benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, providing much-needed care for kids.
When the official music video for “Smile” dropped on August 14th, we got our first glimpse of Katy’s Quest.
In the music video, Katy Perry plays a video game version of herself battling monsters. She fights giant spiders and must traverse a trapeze act while dressed as a clown. The whole thing is a little surreal and honestly freaky if you don’t like clowns.
“I wrote the title track from the album when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life and had lost my smile,” Perry wrote about the track on Instagram. “this whole album is my journey towards the light – with stories of resilience, hope, and love.”
Katy Perry just welcomed a new baby daughter named Daisy Dove into the world with her father, Orlando Bloom. Perry made a statement through UNICEF on Thursday. Both Perry and Bloom serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for the organization.
“We are floating with love and wonder from the safe and healthy arrival of our daughter,” the statement reads. Perry and Bloom used the opportunity to highlight that not everyone has access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are setting up a donation page in their daughter’s name to help support organizations that help parents and newborns.
The couple has been engaged since 2019. Perry’s focus on humanitarian efforts has long been a focus for her outside of her music work, so it’s not surprising to see her using the opportunity of her daughter’s birth to promote aid to those less fortunate. Perry also recently stepped up efforts for a concert to benefit MusiCares earlier this year.