The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake is finally finished

The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake is finally finished
Radical Entertainment | Rebus YouTube

Written by 

Tom Chapman


25th Jul 2023 14:44

While The Simpsons might not quite pack the punch it once did as a franchise, there are two things fans will always ask for. A sequel to 2007's The Simpsons Movie and someone to revisit 2003's The Simpsons: Hit & Run. Whether that's as a sequel, remake, or remaster, we don't really care.

For many, we simply want to jump behind the controls of the Plow King and save Springfield from being populated by cola-controlled zombies. It's been two full decades since we booted up The Simpsons: Hit & Run, and with no sign of an anniversary celebration, one fan has taken to remaking it himself.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake is complete

If you're a regular here at GGRecon, you'll know we've been keeping a close eye on The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake, which has been painstakingly crafted by YouTuber Reubs. In 2021, we reported on the developer and modder proving how easy it was to remake Hit & Run with modern additions like ray tracing.

Reubs' impressive work was done in just a week, and while he quickly took it down, he's been beavering away at recreating the whole game for modern audiences. In his final video, Reubs celebrates the milestone by showing off the fully playable version that even boasts first-person driving. 

It's not just a generic reskin of the classic title, and you've been watching Reubs' videos, he's been making improvements like stitching the map together for an open-world adventure. More than just fans clamouring for a Hit & Run remake, the original's Vlad Ceraldi and The Simpsons Producer Matt Selman have supported the idea.

Can you play the Hit & Run remake?

Simpsons Hit & Run title menu
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Radical Entertainment

Unfortunately, while Reubs has a full and playable version of The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake, he won't be releasing it to the masses. Having a private version for himself is all well and good, but if he lets the rest of us in, he'll likely grab the attention of Activision and trigger a DMCA takedown. 

The rights surrounding Hit & Run are complicated, with developer Radical Entertainment and publisher Vivendi Universal being merged into Activision. This could mean a Hit & Run remake would be an Xbox exclusive, although Activision doesn't exactly seem bothered with the IP at the moment.

Hopefully, Reubs' ambitious Hit & Run remake will trigger someone to realise the money-making potential of the project. For now, Hit & Run is locked onto the consoles it was born on and PC, making it increasingly harder to find and play. If this doesn't spark someone to remake Hit & Run, there's something wrong with the world. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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