Skip to main content

Animal Crossing's Isabelle totally snaps in new Doom 2 mod

Isabelle has had enough. After earning her reputation as a joyful Shih Tzu with a cute little topknot in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it seems she's done being type-casted. In a new Doom 2 mod that makes Isabelle an immortal companion to the player, the cheerful pooch uncomfortably content trudging through demon guts and blood-splattered dungeon walls.

If you have a certain image of Isabelle and you'd rather hold onto it, watch the trailer for the mod at your own risk. You'll see the villager doing not-that-chill things like bludgeoning demons with her hammer, sweeping around a scythe, and chugging whiskey straight from the bottle. Fun aside, the mod is incredibly well done. Isabelle not only helps you kill baddies, but also tosses you health pots and does little animations while idling.

This absolute riot of a mod (opens in new tab) comes from It's Me Veronica (opens in new tab) (via VG247 (opens in new tab)), and it runs on an advanced source port called ZDoom (opens in new tab). The developer single-handedly made the whole mod, including the wonderful Isabelle sprites, "from scratch" in about a week. With that, they say it's possible you'll find bugs and glitches, which you can report to the developer via Discord (opens in new tab).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) and Doom Eternal (opens in new tab) both launched to fanfare on Friday, March 20. Since the two games are so laughably opposite to each other, there was some hope that one of them would feature a cheeky reference to the other, but to no avail. For now, Isabelle's new Doom 2 mod is as close as we can get to a crossover.

If you thought New Horizons might sell well amidst a global pandemic, you're gosh darn right (opens in new tab) it is.

Jordan Gerblick
Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.