The 2020 U.S. presidential election was bound to be a weird one, and not only because COVID-19 has made in-person events like rallies and door-to-door canvassing more fraught than ever. Thankfully, there’s always Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Players have been able to show their in-game support for candidates using digital campaign signs, and we’re about to get our first look at Joe Biden’s official Animal Crossing island later today.
Screenwriter Gary Whitta will join Greg Miller of Kinda Funny Games as the first Animal Crossing players to visit the official island of the Joe Biden campaign. The virtual hangout will take place as part of Whitta’s popular “Animal Talking” livestream series, during which he chats with celebrities, game developers, and other popular figures while playing Animal Crossing.
Miller and Whitta plan to tour Biden’s in-game island and interview members of the campaign. It’s unclear if U.S. Vice President Biden will make an appearance. (Something tells me he probably isn’t much of a gamer, but who knows.)
You can watch the livestream on Kinda Funny’s Twitch page today, starting at 5 a.m. AEDT. If you miss the show, we’ll be sure to update this post with any relevant information on Biden’s Animal Crossing island, including any opportunities to visit it for yourself.
For those unfamiliar, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a popular video game on the Nintendo Switch, and one of the few bright spots in this murky span of time otherwise known as 2020. The relaxing town management sim lets players create their own personalised island populated with likable animal townsfolk.
The game released back in March 2020, but is already the second best-selling game on the system, having moved almost 23 million copies. It’s also the second best-selling game of all time in Japan. It has a massive following from players of all ages and backgrounds — including U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC previously guested on Whitta’s “Animal Talking” show after she made headlines by visiting other players in the game — including Lifehacker’s own Senior Technology Editor, David Murphy.