The Simpsons hasn't had too many great video games in its long history, but Hit and Run is arguably the best. The GTA-like adventure with open world areas was packed to the rafters with familiar characters, jokes, and references to the show. You could play as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Apu, while accepting missions and side activities from the sitcom's huge cast. Okay, so the game wasn't perfect, but for fans at the time, it hit the nail on the head.
The formula fit so well with The Simpsons that we sometimes wonder why no attempt was made at a follow-up. As it turns out, a sequel actually was in development at one time. That's according to Joe McGinn, speaking in an interview with GAME Media.
McGinn was senior designer on Hit and Run, and he describes where the team got to with the cancelled sequel. "We had some very early gameplay prototypes," he recalls. "I remember our physics guru – Greg Mayer – got connected vehicles working, so you could have a trailer being pulled behind a car with some fun results."
Unfortunately, the game was being built when the licence for making The Simpsons games switched hands. McGinn says the studio "never got very far before EA won the right to the Simpsons movie game", and they simply had to "move on".
It sounds like the sequel will sadly never see the light of day. Meanwhile, Hit and Run producer Vlad Ceraldi expressed interest in a PlayStation 4 remaster not too long ago. This doesn't seem all that likely either, but you never know.
[source news.game.co.uk, via gamesradar.com]
It all depends on Disney now that they own The Simpsons.
This is one of my few games left on my PS2, that has led me to keep it for so long. Let's hope I can pop it in my PS5 and play it on one system so I can finally sell off my old systems. The games great BTW. It definitely need to be played couch coop though.
Surprised they haven't churned out some version of a Simpsons game this gen to be fair.
Hit and Run was great, and I really liked Road Rage as well. The PS3 Simpsons Game wasn't too bad either.
Would buy this for a high price.
I've heard Radical was in the middle of development for the sequel while Activision called them and cancelled the project moving the team and assets into the little monstrosity today we know as "Crash Tag Team Racing".
I’d love for Disney to make some kind of AA sequel now. Ripping off GTA5 and all the stuff there is to do, could be really fun!
The arcade game is the best to me.that game was a classic.word up son
@playstation1995 That's the reason I still have my Xbox 360. I was fortunate enough to by that game as well as the TMNT Arcade game on XBLA before they were pulled 😁
A sequel would have been wonderful. I had a lot of good times with Hit and Run.
I loved the original
@Genrou that game is a classic.you got that game on 360.i believe it was on ps3 also.teenage Mutant ninja turtle is amazing also 1989 game.classic.word up son
If they did a sequel and used the Simpsons now it wouldn't be as good I haven't watched the show in years as I don't think it's funny anymore.
@playstation1995 Yeah it was on the PS3 but at the time I only owned a 360.
The guy who voices Apu said recently he won't be doing Apu anymore so I doubt there will be a remaster unless they re used the audio from the original
If a sequel was to be made then it wouldn't similar at all in terms of that Simpsons charm. In 2003 the Simpsons were still relatively at the end (or not long after) their golden period of the show, when it was still funny and allowed to get away with things. Nowadays I thing the show is pretty dull and lost all of what it used to be
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