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The Simpsons: Hit & Run Could Be Remastered

The Simpsons: Hit & Run Could Be Remastered

The Simpsons is, of course, one of the biggest TV shows of all time. But just because a TV show is great, doesn't mean a game based on it will be.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run definitely WAS great though.

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The game was released more than 16 years ago and millions of copies were sold across the globe, with countless happy hours spent driving about Springfield unearthing an alien conspiracy.

Now, the producer of the classic game, Vlad Ceraldi, has said he thinks the game could be remastered or remade - which is surely an idea we'd all back wholeheartedly.

The producer of The Simpsons: Hit & Run says he thinks the game could be remastered. Credit: Radical Entertainment
The producer of The Simpsons: Hit & Run says he thinks the game could be remastered. Credit: Radical Entertainment

Speaking to LADbible, he said: "I could see it on multiple different types of platforms as a remake or remaster. It would have to take the parties who are in charge of the property to want that to happen and someone out there to decide that they were going to go out and do it. But absolutely, it would be fun to explore those characters and that universe again, that work again."

Mr Ceraldi - who is now the director of development at Hothead Games - said he knew the game was going to be special all those years back.

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He said: "As far as why it stood the test of time, I think it's a game that kids could play, adults could play, anyone who was fans of the show could try and laugh and have fun with."

"When you make something, sometimes you know you've made something special. This was one of the ones that we knew we hit the mark. We didn't know it was going to sell as well as it did - we had high hopes, but it definitely hit its expectations."

The enduring popularity of the game has since been evidenced to Mr Ceraldi first-hand - in a moment that made him feel both old and proud.

He said: "I remember interviewing somebody for one of our games - they didn't know that I worked on The Simpsons: Hit & Run. They were going on about one of their favourite games of all time and ended up saying at the end that it was The Simpsons: Hit & Run.

"How much joy they had when they opened it up on Christmas morning and put it in and they ended up playing it all Christmas. They're telling this story and then say they were six-years-old.

"It makes you feel old, but it was also interesting seeing this young new employee of our company, he's starting his career."

What. A. Game. Credit: Radical Entertainment
What. A. Game. Credit: Radical Entertainment

Unfortunately, the notion of remaking the game has only ever really been discussed within the confines of a pub, but Mr Ceraldi said there is plenty of scope for expanding and revamping the game.

He said: "It's come up before in discussions but not seriously, usually at the pub, just talking about the idea of some of the magic that was captured and the potential ability to recapture it in a new way with a different audience, with a different generation of devices.

"There was joy in the making of it as well as obviously the fans playing it - that doesn't always happen but it certainly happened with that game. We had our doubts that it would work out the way we hoped but obviously it did."

He continued: "There's masters out there like Nintendo and other companies who have nailed it time and time again, so it would be wonderful to reinvest in how you can control the characters, how you can control the world, how much of the world you can explore in detail.

"So there's a lot more fidelity you can go for as far as content exploration than we were able to do in that particular era. There were a lot of references put into the game but we didn't get everything. There's a lot more things that could be done and that would be fascinating for sure."

Featured Image Credit: Radical Entertainment

Topics: US Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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