The world of Animal Crossing is a magical place where real-life humans can escape the hectic, depressing reality of the real world and enjoy a peaceful getaway full of cute critters and pretty music. Heck, somehow even doing the weeding feels like fun. But is it all too good to be true?
In a similar vein to The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, where (spoiler alert!) the residents and places of Koholint Island turn out to simply be an illusion within the mind of the great Wind Fish, it would appear that some New Horizons residents are having something of an existential crisis.
When speaking to Beau, a deer islander, he'll reveal to you that there are "rumours" going around that "none of this is real", and that "the island is just a game". It's quite chilling when you really think about it.
Twitter user IAmGeorgia3 has captured the conversation in video form (although the tweet contains some colourful language). As such, we've also grabbed screenshots of the chat below:
Beau even has an explanation. It's hard to disagree with what he has to say.
He even has a little dig at Tom Nook (as if he doesn't have enough to deal with already).
"It's all so obvious! Our lives are fake," he says. Oh no.
Beau eventually reveals that he was actually joking all along, quickly returning to more usual islander speech. We're not convinced - he's definitely onto something here.
Enjoy island life while you can, folks. By the time another new game in the series comes along, the characters might have figured it all out.