Radical Entertainment’s PC and platform classic The Simpsons: Hit and Run has almost 30,000 signatures on a Change.org petition calling for a remake or remaster. While the outstanding The Simpsons: Hit and Run Remastered hack has sought to freshen up the almost 20-year-old title, no official remake or sequel to the legendary game has been released.
The Simpsons: Success and Run, which took gameplay concepts from the Grand Theft Auto series and combined them with the humorous flare of Matt Groening and The Simpsons writers, became an immediate hit with many gamers when it was released on PC and consoles in 2003. The Simpsons: Hit and Run, which has discrete stages for players to explore rather than a genuinely open world, allows players to control the eponymous family in a sandbox version of Springfield as they perform quests on foot or in automobiles. Almost two decades after its debut, the game became a cult favourite, leading one fan to build The Simpsons: Hit and Run recreation in Unreal Engine 5.
Frustrated by the lack of progress on a sequel to The Simpsons: Hit and Run, gamer Hassaan Mohammad launched a Change.org petition urging devs to make a sequel or remaster of the popular videogame. Approximately four years after the petition was launched, nearly 30,000 players have joined their names to the passionate plea to the game’s makers. The petition requests that creators make additional playable characters, attacks, and places available in a potential sequel.
According to reports, a study conducted by UK video game shop GAME discovered that players were more interested in a remaster of The Simpsons: Hit and Run than any other game, even beating out blockbuster games like Red Dead Redemption, demonstrating that fans are anxious to revisit the game. While modders and fan projects have kept Springfield’s first family in video games, with Homer and Bart appearing in a Simpsons mod for God of War this year, many fans consider The Simpsons: Hit and Run to be their best appearance in the genre.
It remains to be seen if this petition will result in new life for The Simpsons: Hit and Run, but the tens of thousands of signatures already collected show that the title still maintains a special place in the hearts of numerous gamers. While users wait for a remastered version of Radical Entertainment’s Simpsons, they may still explore Springfield in Minecraft.