Last year, DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons both released the same day, March 20th. Inspired by this smaller connection, fans of the two franchises began sharing the art online about a friendship between Animal Crossing’s Isabelle and Doom Slayer. Both Bethesda and Nintendo are aware of this fan art, and have even encouraged it! To celebrate the start of 2021, Bethesda made things a little more official, sharing a photo of the Nendoroid characters for Doom Slayer and Isabelle happily playing alongside the caption “Happy New Horizons.” It’s a cheerful way to call on New Year’s, and it made the fans of the friendship quite happy!
Tweet from Bethesda can be found built-in below. The same photo and message was also shared by the official DOOM Twitter account.
happy new horizons pic.twitter.com/bnj8keI3l0
̵1; Bethesda (@bethesda) January 1, 2021
It will be interesting to see if the friendship between Doom Slayer and Isabelle is ever recognized in an actual game. Although it would be way too silly in a DOOM or Animal Crossing game, there is one place it can work: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Doom Slayer has long been rumored for the game, and it seems even more likely after Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda. The publisher already has two fighter jets in the game, and companies such as Capcom, Konami and Square Enix all have three representatives, so it would not be outside the scope of the opportunity. With Isabelle as a playable character in Ultimate, it’s not hard to imagine how much fans would love to see the couple actually appear together!
For now, the friendship between Isabelle and Doom Slayer will simply have to live on through these small recognitions between the two companies, and through the fan art that made it a thing in the first place. There is something to be said for how the fans made this connection between the two franchises, and how it went from a simple joke almost a year ago, to a recurring connection between the two companies. Even if nothing more comes of it, it’s nice to see the influence fans can have at stake!
Are you a fan of the crossover art of the two franchises? Want to see Doom Slayer and Isabelle appear together in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know in the comments or share your thoughts directly on Twitter at @Marcdachamp to talk all about games!