June 24, 2024

This Simpsons Hit & Run Remake is finished, but you can’t play it

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is the dream remake for many kids in the 2000s. The cult classic, kid-friendly GTA clone has a special place in our hearts and is one of the few decent licensed games we got back in the day. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that so many fans are frustrated that it has yet to see a modern re-release, prompting one player to take matters into their own hands.

After a year of work, he has become a YouTuber Reubs. The first ten missions of the game are fully playable, recreated in Unreal Engine 5. But don’t get your hopes up, because we won’t be able to play it. As heartbreaking as this is, it’s for the best, as copyright holders targeted anyone who wanted to release their own remake, even if there are no plans for an official version. Still, the project has been completed on YouTube, giving us a taste of what a modern Hit & Run might look like.

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“This is not a mod of Simpsons: Hit & Run,” says Reubs. “What I’ve done is I’ve redone the entire game from scratch, figuring out how the original game was coded, and redoing every detail and feature in the Unreal Engine 5.”

Reubs continues the tutorial, showing how these iconic locations have been faithfully recreated. The remake even includes a fancy and seamless transition into the game when you start the first mission, taking advantage of modern hardware.

When Homer’s level is finished, we see the game transition to Bart’s first level, so more of the remake could be shown in the future. Unfortunately, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a public release, since it’s not a mod and therefore wouldn’t need to run the original game. That would make it a marketer for the rights holder – even if they are no longer making money from it. Seriously, you couldn’t even officially pick up the game if you wanted to, because it never got a digital re-release. The closest we got was the soundtrack coming to streaming services, which isn’t really enough considering how loved the game is.

But for now, Reubs is moving on to the next remake. This one got a lot of support from the audience, even if they can’t play the game themselves. I hope that someone with the power to do it will recognize how many of us are dying for a remake and that we will succeed. Or better yet, let creators like Reubs release these projects if there are no plans for an official launch.

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