In 2003, The Simpsons Hit & Run was released for the Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and PC. This title was very well received and therefore Vivendi decided to make a successor. However, The Simpsons Hit & Run 2 was canceled during development. Now it has become clear that this was not the only Simpsons title that was cancelled by the publisher.
The former producer of The Simpsons Hit & Run 2, John Melchior, has told MinnMax Vivendi had the option to make five games about the famous cartoon family. This included the sequel to Hit & Run and another Simpsons title that was planned and had a medieval theme.
The deal, five games for a certain amount, was excellent, according to Melchior, but Vivendi saw it differently. They turned down the deal and didn’t get the license to make more The Simpsons games. This then led to the cancellation of Hit & Run 2.
“The biggest crime was that Vivendi did not obtain the Simpsons licence, though they had an offer in. The Simpsons came back with an offer, five games for X amount of dollars, it was a really good deal, and Vivendi said no. After the success of Hit & Run.”