Hey, remember that time last year when Reubs has developed a more modern version of the classic Simpsons: Hit & Run in just a week? Well, he’s back in 2022 and has far more ambitious goals for the project.
The original August 2021 video was more of a concept thing cobbled together using various third-party assets and editors, allowing only the first mission to be made playable within a week. It was very cool, so cool that the lead designer on the original game said at the time it was “impressive work,” but it was also more of a stunt than an attempt to build a full one Game
But now by Eurogamer, Reubs is back with much bigger plans. He wants to rebuild the entire game in Unreal Engine 5. And make the game truly open world (the original would load between a few closed “levels”). Oh, and add online multiplayer too.
That’s… a lot of work for one guy, but as the advert in the video below explains, not only does he do it for a laugh, he also does it as a showcase for his own work in building a narration/dialogue editor:
You may be wondering what the legal implications of this are. Now, in an attempt to distract the attorneys at the pass, Reubs says, “This is a fan remake for entertainment purposes, this game will never be available for download. Please don’t bother my poor discord mods with a download link!”
I have no idea how effective this will be, or if it will even stay that way until the project is complete (if it’s ever done), but since he’s promoting his own product throughout development, it just might as well be the case the most imaginative piece of software marketing I’ve ever seen. Why buy ads when you can just… start recreating a popular video game and get over a million people watching your videos?