The Simpsons: Hit and Run has grown in popularity since its release in 2003.
Offering sandbox entertainment within the iconic world of the long-running show, fans have clamoured for a remaster or even a follow-up for the cult game. And it seems like one of the show's longest-running writers and producers is in agreement.
Simpsons Hit And Run Remaster Has Show Producer's Full Support
Matt Selman has been a writer and producer for The Simpsons since the 1990s. He also co-wrote the scenarios of various games based on the show, including The Simpsons Road Rage, The Simpsons Game, and Hit and Run itself.
Speaking to IGN, he discussed the thought process that went into Hit and Run and his enthusiasm for a remaster.
I would love to see a remastered version of [Simpsons Hit & Run], I would. It's a complicated corporate octopus to try to make that happen.
Selman recalls arguments with the publisher at the time regarding the creative vision of the game. Initially, Hit and Run was meant to be a driving game but, inspiration from Grand Theft Auto helped drive the game towards what it is today:
We were all playing Grand Theft Auto at the time and 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.
A sequel to Hit and Run was in development and even had a prototype. However, the sequel was cancelled once EA won the rights to produce The Simpsons Game, coinciding with the release of The Simpsons Movie in 2007.