Speculation is high after The Simpsons writers announced that they will be participating in an E3 Panel in the coming weeks. Nothing has been formally announced, and there are no current games within the Simpsons franchise in development that we know of, so this news could point to any number of things.
With so many different types of games released over the years, there are several things that could be explored in a future Simpsons game.
At the top of the list is The Simpsons: Hit & Run, which holds critical acclaim among die-hard players. It was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Universal Games for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, and was initially released in 2003. Fans would surely love to see a sequel or a remastered version.
The game follows the Simpson family and Apu in an action-adventure that focuses on exploration and completing objectives for obscure missions. One of the reasons it was so successful, asides from being developed by a passionate team who cared about the characters, was that the playstyle is strikingly similar to the more recent Grand Theft Auto series.
In particular, the game was appreciated by fans because the show’s writers, cast, and the game developers collaborated. The announcement of an E3 writer’s panel for the show strongly suggests that a new game is coming.
Another option may be a remaster of the popular 1991 beat-em-up arcade game simply titled The Simpsons, although such an announcement would hardly merit the gathering of the show writers.
A third option may be a new mobile game. Currently, the main Simpsons game on mobile devices is The Simpsons: Tapped Out. It allows players to create and customize the town of Springfield, with new buildings and characters added during seasonal events.
However, there are no real game mechanics to speak of and the majority of the game involves logging in to collect resources from time to time and then using them to buy more characters and decorations.
In any case, fans are looking forward to The Simpsons panel at E3, which will take place from June 11-13.