As if dealing in forged artwork wasn’t enough it turns out that some of Redd’s paintings in Animal Crossing are possessed by spirits.
Ghosts are already a thing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, since you can bump into Wisp the friendly spectre after 8pm when you’re outside.
But it seems there’s a creepier supernatural element in the game that fans are only now discovering, and it revolves around the fake artwork you get from the disreputable salesman Redd.
Redd and the art gallery of the museum were added in a recent update and, as in previous games, when you buy artwork from Redd it will often turn out to be fake.
It’s often very difficult to tell if a painting is fake or not, especially in the dim light of Redd’s boat, but if you do end up with one there’s nothing much you can do except put it up as a decoration at home – since the art gallery won’t take it and you can’t sell it.
That’s how things have always worked in Animal Crossing but in New Horizons it seems that some of the fakes are possessed by evil spirits.
After sunset a number of fans have found that the fakes subtly change, either switching position, smiling when before they didn’t, or opening or closing their eyes.
Hishikawa Moronobu’s Beauty Looking Back, for example not only switches directions but seems to be leaking out the back of the canvas.
Meanwhile, Tōshūsai Sharaku’s The actor Otani Oniji III as Yakko Edobei gets a creepy grin after midnight that is actually properly spooky.
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It’s not just the paintings either, as some of the statutes have been found to levitate or glow with a sinister light at night. Thankfully though, everything returns to normal by the morning.
It seems likely that all the forged paintings do something after dark, although not all paintings have fake versions – as some are always real when you buy them from Redd.
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