Please make this come true.
A fan is recreating The Simpsons: Hit & Run as an open world game just for fun and it’s actually amazing how good it already looks.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is an iconic part of many people’s childhoods, with fans for years petitioning for a remake. Now, thanks to a developer and fellow fan named Reuben Ward, we could be getting even more than we expected.
The YouTuber, game engineer and Udemy instructor who specializes in Unreal Engine 5 released a video on June 20 titled “Remaking The Simpsons Hit and Run, But it’s Open World – #1” and it has been out for over a year now. half a million views – and for good reason.
As you can see in the deep dive below, Ward explains how he took the resources from the original game and inserted them into UE5 software, in addition to having to rebuild the nearly 20-year-old map from scratch. Needless to say, a lot of work goes into this passion project.
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Not only did Ward merge the old map segments into one large open-world area, but he also scaled up the textures to make them more similar to modern games.
In addition, he has redesigned vehicle physics using AI, built story and dialogue trees using a tool of his own design, and even has plans to add a multiplayer component – all by himself. Disturbed.
Ward has previously completed a remaster to an equally admirable level of success, the only difference this time around is that the scale of his new project is much greater than anything he’s done before.
He essentially builds a real sandbox that players can potentially explore as if it were GTA, The Elder Scrolls, or any number of other open-world games.
Combined with all the other elements he’ll presumably describe in subsequent videos, we could really see a newly remastered title produced for a whole new generation to enjoy once all is said and done.
As if a Simpsons: Hit & Run remaster in the open world wasn’t good enough, this guy even made an effort to recreate Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in UE5 as well.
There is some serious talent going on here.
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