A modder has created a Simpsons: Hit & Run remake in Unreal Engine 5 and, according to its creator, they made it in under a week. The original Hit & Run isn’t one of the best GTA-style sandbox games around, but it is still arguably the best Simpsons game around. Now fans can check out what a modern remake might look like.
Modder and YouTuber Reuben ‘Reubs’ Ward has shared a clip of how they remade the game on his YouTube channel. It’s not the full game, of course – only the first mission, with Homer driving across town to pick up ice cream at the Kwik-E-Mart. Reubs pulled over the Springfield map from the original Hit & Run – which was actually available on PC, fact fans – and remastered it, along with the character models, collectibles, vehicles, and even the Duff blimp flying overhead.
The process Reubs undertook and a playthrough of the level can be seen in his video. To create the project, the modder drew on some technical trickery that let him upscale textures using AI, create some basic lip-sync for Homer, and implement an interaction system
Rather sweetly, Hit & Run’s original designer Joe McGinn offers their support in the video’s comments, saying, “Really gives a taste of what a full modern remaster could be. Impressive work!” Though it is worth noting that as a fan remake, this isn’t officially endorsed by anyone who controls the rights.
And unfortunately, there’s unlikely to be an official remaster since the Simpsons licence in games alone has changed hands several times since 2003. Still, it’s a nice glimpse at what fans can accomplish in Unreal Engine 5 – and it’s certainly better than Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, at least.