Fan art turns Mass Effect characters into Animal Crossing villagers

An adorable of of art has imagined what some characters in Mass Effect as villagers of Animal Crossing. Both the sci-fi space epic and the cute Nintendo game emphasize memorable companions and player choice. While developer BioWare has announced Mass Effect 4, Animal Crossing: New Horizons just received its latest piece of post-launch content on Nintendo Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has recently added a large amount of content to the island-themed game, including permanent shops for the game’s street vendors and NPCs. Players can also visit Kapp’n to explore remote islands that may contain valuable items, and Brewster’s Cafeteria and new decoration options help flesh out the player’s islands. For its part, Mass Effect Legendary Edition remastered the famous trilogy of sci-fi games for PC and next-gen consoles this year, adding a host of quality-of-life improvements and new features in the process. While the graphics and performance of each title have been updated, the cast of Mass Effect characters and their stories remain unchanged.

Bringing together the two popular franchises, Reddit user odangowitch has shared his sympathetic of art that combines the characters of Mass Effect with the artistic style of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The art turns the most prominent and popular squadmates in the Mass Effect franchise into villagers who would fit in perfectly alongside Animal Crossing staples like Tom Nook or Isabelle. Warrior Kaiden Alenko grows into a cute dog and retains his memorable haircut, while calibration master Garrus Vakarian is portrayed as a great bird. Alliance soldier Ashley Williams turns into a squirrel, while krogan juggernaut Urdnot Wrex is a very angry frog. Rounding out the crossover cast are Tali’Zorah as an adorable purple octopus and Liara T’Soni as a rather alien-looking deer.

Like Animal Crossing, the franchise Mass Effect it is based on player choice and connecting with a community of lovable NPCs. BioWare’s epic sci-fi series is perhaps best known for its save file transfer system, which allows decisions made in each game to have consequences throughout the entire original trilogy. While the end of Mass Effect 3 was a definitive and infamous closure of the original story, Mass Effect: Andromeda of 2017 intended a new beginning in the universe of the series by leaving the Milky Way galaxy behind. However, BioWare has been hinting for a year that Mass Effect 4 could continue the story of the original trilogy rather than follow that of Andromeda.

Although at first glance they seem totally different, the game franchises Mass Effect and Animal Crossing they have some things in common. Fans have grown fond of each of the colorful inhuman companions, and both give players the ability to choose how they want to experience unique fictional worlds. In this sense, the of art by odangowitch is a worthy tribute to both franchises, as it reinterprets the main characters of Mass Effect in the context of the world of Animal Crossing. Although Animal Crossing: New Horizons just received its last piece of content, it seems likely that it will end up receiving a sequel, just as Mass Effect 4 seems to continue the original BioWare trilogy.

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