You wouldn't think Doom, a game about murdering as many demons from hell as quickly as possible, and Animal Crossing, a game about idyllic village life, would have much in common. But it seems their fates are intertwined: when Bethesda delayed Doom Eternal from late 2019 to March 20, 2020, gamers realized that it would be sharing a release date with Nintendo's new Animal Crossing. The absurdity of that pairing has, for months now, been inspiring some incredible fan art.
I don't know if the combination of Doomguy and Isabelle, Animal Crossing's extremely lovable mayoral secretary, has quite hit meme status yet. But as rounded up in this Resetera thread (opens in new tab), there's some great art in circulation. Some of it's from back in October, when Doom was delayed, but the duo seem to be picking up steam now and inspiring more and more art.
Or maybe that's my wishful thinking. I definitely want more art.
Doomguy and Isabelle having a podcast Requested by @MrAgentStrange pic.twitter.com/ACHjzrZvyQOctober 25, 2019
The appeal of the crossover is obvious. Doomguy fishing or relaxing on the beach: Funny. Isabelle holding a shotgun the size of her body: Funny. Why shouldn't Doomguy be cute? And who says Isabelle wouldn't take up arms to protect her town? It is, clearly, meant to be.
How can you not love this piece by Resetera's boris_feinbrand?(opens in new tab)
Need more? It's out there. A sample via Twitter:
the delay had me thinking... what if doomguy and isabelle teamed up?#DoomEternal #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons pic.twitter.com/qP9UfGyr16October 22, 2019
Despite fighting massive hordes of demons and monsters, Doom slayer still takes time to hang out with friends! #DoomEternal #Doom #bfg9000 #isabelle #cute #fanart pic.twitter.com/pF9RGvCe5nAugust 5, 2019
Nice of isabelle to offer some coffee to Doom Guy before a long day of demon slaughtering 💛#DOOM #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/2kAPbDqPrjNovember 24, 2018
Happy Birthday Isabelle"CANELITA"‼️#animalcrossing #doomguy pic.twitter.com/gLDiUcftFmDecember 20, 2019
If anything good happens in the world between now and March 20, let it be an explosion of Doom-meets-Animal Crossing fan art.
Really, I think the combination of Doom and Animal Crossing was always meant to be. It's obvious that Animal Crossing only exists because of the famous Edge magazine review of Doom, back in 1994, which posited: "lf only you could talk to these creatures, then perhaps you could try and make friends with them, form alliances... Now, that would be interesting." How else could Nintendo have come up with the idea of a videogame all about talking to your neighbors, who are animals? Full circle.