If your plan was to pick up Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing in one Gamestop swoop, we'll have to disappoint you - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued fresh guidelines on social distancing, which distanced their release by moving Doom one day earlier.
Even though the protagonists of Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing have to be among the most unlikely pairings ever, the games' simultaneous release dates usually meant picking them both up at once.
Unfortunately, CDC's social distancing guidelines are quite specific and while it's somewhat good news that we can grab Doom Eternal a day ahead of schedule, we feel like we've been crossed. Animal crossed, that is.
"To ensure we adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, we will be selling DOOM Eternal a day early on Thursday, 3/19 as a safety precaution for our customers and associates. Animal Crossing will release on Friday 3/20 to further help separate the crowds", Gamestop tweeted.
You can forget about midnight launches as well, as Gamestop is likely to adhere to CDC's guidelines for some time more. In other words, there's no way to work around CDC's rules.
You could say that Doom Eternal's delay last year was a blessing in disguise, and we're far from the only ones who found the idea of Doomguy and Isabelle hanging out and chilling absolutely hilarious.
In fact, you may have caught a few Doom Eternal vs. Animal Crossing art pieces online, where enthusiastic players imagined and drew/painted the duo.
That said, checking out those art pieces is the closest you'll get to catching the Duo Eternal in one place, lest you're planning on breaking into Gamestop. We can only hope that their next launch will be a more collaborative affair because just thinking about it is pretty funny.