Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now a horror game, thanks to fans
Animal Crossing: New Horizons might appear to be a cutesy title about having a good time, but really, the game can have whatever feelings you want to depend on your aesthetic. Some folks are making chic rooms that would score plenty of points with the Happy Home Academy. Others, meanwhile, are making their islands feel like something straight out of a horror movie.
Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise. When The Villager was announced for Smash Bros. Ultimate, folks noted that the character’s blank, creepy stare made him perfect for the roster — especially because he carries an ax. And of course, making scary themed rooms has a long lineage, appearing across games like New Leaf and Happy Home Designer. It just so happens that New Horizons gives people updated graphics, new tools, and a better photo mode to show off their devilish creations.
One of the most common trends is pretending that your character is an ax murderer:
Another thing folks like to do is make blood spatter patterns, which can be used to line the walls and floors ... or can be used to cover your face and clothes, if you want to make it look like you got away with something.
I don't have a lot but I'm doing what I can to make this space feel like a home. pic.twitter.com/yi3dKGB0v9— Liz England (@lizardengland) March 21, 2020
ㅎ,,,,,,,... pic.twitter.com/oBSnUS6nCv— ☂️🆂🅷🅸🅵🆃🎗️ (@itis5hift) March 21, 2020
Day 45 on the Island. The animals have all turned savage as food and resources are all gone. I’ve been locked in my house for 3 weeks I can hear Tom Nook clawing at my door. No help is coming. #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/00W8ZEsclM— Daniel Kennedy (@DanielKennedyDK) March 24, 2020
Granted, patterns can more generally be used to make spooky clothes and prints, as the players below have.
Converted some of my art into QR for those interested. pic.twitter.com/xpSI6ZPFGi— 𝔍𝔬𝔥𝔫🍁🍂🎃 (@jrgdrawing) March 23, 2020
makin' cryptid shirts pic.twitter.com/3sdiaKkaO9— 👁️Trevor👁️ (@slimyswampghost) March 24, 2020
Other darkly creative types are making ominous symbols around their islands, or setting up patterns that set up a disturbing scene:
Some things that folks aren’t sharing definitely isn’t real, but it doesn’t matter — it’s still fun to pretend that a happy-go-lucky game is hiding something much darker beneath the surface. Even if it’s just for social media.
Umm has anyone else gotten this villager in Animal Crossing? He's kinda creeping me out :/ pic.twitter.com/KRWXYTNUhk— Kendra 🐖 (@kendrawcandraw) March 23, 2020