Animal Crossing Player Adds New In-Game Villagers Designed By AI

Animal Crossing Player Adds New In-Game Villagers Designed By AI

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player used AI software to design and create four brand-new villagers, each of which they brought to life in-game.

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has discovered just what new villagers created by AI could like – even going one step further and adding them into the game. A recent social media trend has seen a number of video game ideas generated by AI, with fans merely needing to add keywords to generators like Dall-E Mini. The results can vary wildly between being incredibly accurate and completely bizarre, which many would argue only adds to the entertainment value.

Every villager in Animal Crossing has a unique appearance and one of several personality types. This has led to some villagers enjoying immense popularity within the community, while at the same time, others have been left out in the metaphorical cold. Raymond the cat, for example, quickly became the focal point of a black market following the release of New Horizons, as players desperate to have him on their islands began to pay astounding sums for the privilege. Players typically favor unique, cute, or realistically-designed villagers, and some of the game’s quirkier villager designs mean there are lots of ACNH NPCs fans don’t want to see again.


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Now the Animal Crossing-focused YouTuber Timmy vs Tommy has added four brand new villagers to the game with the help of an AI generator. Consisting of Trixy the cub, Stripes the wolf, Bandit the cat, and Buttons the hamster, the designs for these characters were generated by the AI image-generating software Dall-E Mini. Timmy vs Tommy then adapted the designs to proper character models, before porting the finished villagers into New Horizons. Each character was also named with the help of an online name generator, in order to utilize AI as much as possible during the design process. Of course, this is not the first time that new villagers have been added to ACNH with mods, but the concept of wholly new, AI-designed characters is certainly a rarity.

Timmy vs Tommy went through many potential designs provided by Dall-E Mini before selecting their four favorite new ACNH villagers. Due to the unreliable nature of AI image generation, some of the villagers created by the program were simply too strange to be viable designs, or in some cases looked oddly bland. And even with the four favorites, their AI-generated proportions did not always fit the standard character models, leading to the in-game versions having different overall appearances. In some cases, the AI’s design choices simply did not translate well to in-game characters. However, other features like Stripes’ namesake-colored accents still proved to be entirely replicable. This has resulted in some interesting designs for the new villagers, all of whom many Animal Crossing fans would definitely love to interact with.

Timmy vs Tommy’s use of AI software is part of an interesting development in digital art. With the technology becoming both more advanced and accessible, it is now possible to effectively outsource the majority of the design process to computers. Of course, software like Dall-E Mini cannot tell the difference between a design that works and one that doesn’t, but that is where human operators can step in and take over. Trixy, Stripes, Bandit, and Buttons may not be real Animal Crossing villagers, but they still very much resemble their official counterparts. With some additional tweaking, any one of them could be seen as just another island resident, and could perhaps achieve the coveted heights of ACNH popularity like Raymond before them.

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Source: Timmy vs Tommy/YouTube

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