18 years of asking, and someone has finally rebuilt the iconic The Simpsons: Hit & Run in HD. This unofficial build only took a mere 7 days to complete. Since 2003 when the yellow fella came racing into our lives the popularity of this Grand Theft Auto and Simpsons hybrid hasn’t stopped growing.
It may come as no surprise to you, asking for a Hit & Run remake that is, the gas tank sadly seems like it’s never going to be filled again. Original game developers from Radical Entertainment have since scattered and publisher Vivendi Universal Games have been consumed by Activision.
To put it in layman terms no one really knows who owns the rights to Hit & Run which makes us so sad to learn.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run, What Is It?
In a YouTube video, Reubs explains how he brought The Simpsons: Hit & Run into 2021. The cult classic was rebuilt in Unreal Engine 5 and they confirmed that the expected mammoth task was actually relatively easy to do once they knew how.
As you may know, Disney now owns 20th Century Fox which makes it extremely tricky to figure out how a remake would even happen, but when it comes to the Unreal Engine 5 version, Reubs said, “I could technically remake the entire map from scratch. But, you would need a team of, like, 100 people. I only have three friends, and I’m including my mum as one of those friends, so that’s just not enough people.”
He managed to rip the art files from the PC version but things still weren’t quite right. Reubs found a programme that can remaster textures but not all of them turned out perfect so those that didn’t he touched up in photoshop.
Next on the agenda was coding, which puts Reubs in his element. Finding a Homer was easy but there wasn’t one online which was compatible with Unreal 5. Reubs enlisted the help of a Swedish artist to add Homer in the Unreal Engine 5 The Simpsons: Hit & Run remake.
What Does The Remaster Look Like?
Seeing Homer darting around Springfield with next-gen animations and ray tracing makes our inner child go crazy. What’s even better is that there’s also a first-person option because “why the hell not?”
As of right now this remake only uses the classic Simpson Family Sedan and even though it couldn’t be remastered properly, we must admit it looks fine as it is.
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