Animal Crossing fan shares screenshot of the Resident Services building and broader Nook Plaza area created inside Far Cry 5’s map editor.
Fans of both action-adventure and casual games have come together to celebrate an Animal Crossing–themed custom creation in Far Cry 5. Thanks to Far Cry 5’s robust map editor, a talented gamer was able to put their nose to the grindstone to produce an almost one-to-one recreation of the iconic Resident Services building, the center of operations for Animal Crossing‘s industry titan/loan shark Tom Nook. Pictures of the detailed custom creation have been making the rounds on social media since its reveal.
The map editor in Far Cry 5 equips players with nearly ten thousand assets from the Far Cry series, as well as assets from other popular franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs. Among these assets are countless signature weapons, vehicles, structures, and textures, giving creatively inclined gamers the chance to design their own single-player and multiplayer maps if they get tired of hunting down extremist cult members in the base game. These tools have helped bridge the gap between Far Cry fans and fans of other franchises like Star Wars by way of freedom of expression.
One such creative gamer, going by the handle mojoswoptops2020, posted an image of the charming and impressive Resident Services building created in Far Cry 5 to Reddit on June 7th. The raccoon-operated city center seems to fit in rather nicely with the rugged Montana environment, with many commenters noting how they initially thought it was simply a polished screenshot taken directly from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This confusion can be attributed to the painstaking level of detail that mojoswoptops2020 included in the custom creation. Everything from the sky-bound gift packages and the town billboard to K.K. Slider’s classic guitar has been captured almost perfectly.
This landscape isn’t the first ambitious undertaking from mojoswoptops2020, either. The map editor aficionado previously shared images and videos of other creations, taking inspiration from franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil, The Elder Scrolls, Jurassic Park, and Wolfenstein, just to name a few. The aforementioned attention to detail, artistic sensibility, and manipulation of Far Cry 5‘s stellar lighting systems help mojoswoptop2020’s creations come alive and resonate with fans.
As games continue to become more visually complex and impressive, a space for independent creators to make their own worlds in-game will continue to exist and grow. Whether it be through social media or through community-sourced gameplay challenges like those present in franchises like Super Mario Maker, custom creations have proven to be a popular and well-respected staple in modern gaming. While not every creation will match those made by mojoswoptop2020 in terms of breadth or detail, intuitive, deep, and fun customization options will always be a welcome inclusion for many gamers.
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