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There’s should be one thing within the air this week that makes individuals actually need to remaster 20-year-old video games. If the newest rumors of a Metroid Prime remake aren’t doing it for you, maybe a mission in search of to remaster and enhance on 2003’s hit The Simpsons: Hit and Run will as a substitute.
The mission is being undertaken by YouTuber reubs, who first created a remastered model of the beloved game final yr. The remaster, although sadly unavailable for normal use, loved a deal of optimistic suggestions, together with from the lead designer on the unique game. Since then, although, reubs has been arduous at work increasing and enhancing the game past a mere graphical overhaul.
One of the most important challenges that reubs wished to beat was making the game completely open-world — that’s, use the advantages of recent expertise to knit collectively all of the disparate ranges within the game into one cohesive map, with no loading screens. Other goals with the prolonged mission included higher car physics, on-line co-op multiplayer, new and revamped quests and scenes, and even crisper graphics.
In the video dev diary reubs talks via the assorted steps used to attain a number of of those targets, together with utilizing AI upscaling to enhance textures and creating a brand new shader to supply shinier, extra reflective home windows. It’s a variety of work, however the outcomes are undeniably spectacular, even at this early stage.
Unfortunately, reubs is obvious on one level right from the outset — the remake is for leisure functions solely, and can by no means be out there for normal download. Still, no less than any enterprising Simpsons fan can comply with together with the mission and, theoretically, recreate the steps themselves if they’ve the fitting instruments and a beefy sufficient laptop.