The Simpsons: Hit & Run 2 (lost builds of cancelled action-adventure game sequel; 2007)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run is a 2003 action-adventure game developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Universal Games for the Gamecube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and Windows. A critical and commercial success, a sequel was in development, before being cancelled upon Electronic Arts winning the licence for Simpsons games.
In an interview with GAME Media, The Simpsons: Hit & Run’s senior game designer Joe McGinn briefly discussed the development phase for its sequel. He stated that some "very early" prototypes were established, with physics programmer Greg Mayer, who worked on Hit & Run and The Simpsons: Road Rage, succeeding in programming connected vehicles. This allowed for a car to pull a trailer from behind.
Ultimately, before development could ramp up, it was announced that rival publisher Electronic Arts had won the rights to produce a game as a tie-in for The Simpsons Movie, which would become The Simpsons Game. EA would also gain the rights to publish future Simpsons titles. Consequentially, development for The Simpsons: Hit & Run 2 was swiftly cancelled by Vivendi Universal Games.
As stated by McGinn, early prototype builds of The Simpsons: Hit & Run 2 once existed during development. However, none of these builds, nor any images or footage of said builds have surfaced online.
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- ELSPA providing an example of The Simpsons: Hit & Run’s commercial success. Retrieved 19 Jun '21
- Mobygames crediting Joe McGinn as senior game designer for The Simpsons: Hit & Run. Retrieved 19 Jun '21
- Mobygames crediting Greg Mayer as a programmer for The Simpsons: Hit & Run and The Simpsons: Road Rage. Retrieved 19 Jun '21
- GAME Media interview with Joe McGinn, which briefly discussed the sequel's development and its cancellation. Retrieved 19 Jun '21
- Gamesradar discussing EA winning the rights to publish Simpsons titles, which caused The Simpsons: Hit & Run 2 to be cancelled. Retrieved 19 Jun '21