The Simpsons might not be quite as popular as it once was, but there’s still plenty of demand for the famous American family’s retro video games.
One title fans of the long-running cartoon would love to see make a return is The Simpsons Hit & Run – a Grand Theft Auto-like game set in the fictional town of Springfield. It got a release on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003 and since then there’s been growing support for a remaster or remake.
Speaking to IGN recently, Matt Selman, who has worked on the animation since 1997, has mentioned how he would also love to see this particular Simpsons game make a return, but admits it would be “complicated” to revive:
“I would love to see a remastered version of [Simpsons Hit & Run], I would, [but] it’s a complicated corporate octopus to try to make that happen.”
In the same interview, Selman also reflected on how the team had to fight for it to be like Rockstar’s popular series at the time:
“We were all playing Grand Theft Auto at the time and [the] publisher, they just wanted another driving game. And we were like, everyone’s playing whatever version of Grand Theft Auto, people need to get out of the cars. That was a huge creative battle over whether it was just a ‘driving around doing missions’ game or a ‘getting out of the car and doing missions’ game. But I do think the battle was worth fighting.”
Matt isn’t the only one who worked on the game who would like to see it return in some way or form. Back in 2019, Hit & Run producer, Vlad Ceraldi, mentioned how “wonderful” a remake could potentially be, but also noted how it would take a lot of cooperation from the parties in charge:
“I could see it on multiple different types of platforms as a remake or remaster. It would have to take the parties who are in charge of the property to want that to happen and someone out there to decide that they were going to go out and do it. But absolutely, it would be fun to explore those characters and that universe again, that work again.”
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