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20th Century Fox and Gracie Films have signed a long-term deal granting Electronic Arts the right to develop next-generation games based on The Simpsons, inviting those of us writing news to spend 20 minutes clicking through thesimpsonsquotes.com and then pass it off as research. Yip!


There's no launch date for the first game yet, but EA Redwood Shores is apparently handling development. We understand that the game features "BS", a young kid who returns to Springfield after the death of his mother and finds himself quickly embroiled in a local turf war between his old friends and foes, bound to serve a crooked cop, slave to a destiny that he thought he'd managed to escape. For BS, fame was like a drug, but what was even more like a drug were the drugs. It's all true. And by true, we mean false. It's all lies. But they're entertaining lies. And in the end, isn't that the real truth? The answer is: No.


Terms of the deal were not disclosed in this morning's announcement, but producer James L. Brooks, speaking on behalf of Gracie Films, was able to shed a little light on the philosophy behind it, remarking, "I think this is a great opportunity for us, primarily because it brings with it the possibility of free EA games."


Credit again to Eurogamer.


Just when the Simpsons license seemed to have found a decent home in Sierra's hands (okay Hit and Run was not a great title, but you could tell it was made by people passionate about the subject matter and was as good as we were going to get for a Simpsons GTA clone). I just hope they don't get their dirty mitts onto the Futurama license as well, to be fair to EA I don't think even they could turn the Simpsons franchise then the last three/four seasons of the show has itself. Still, its another cash cow for EA that will flood the market and take away cash from the more inventive publishers and developers out their, whom's wares will yet again be ignored. EA are ruining gaming.

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I thought 'Hit and Run' was pretty good. Not really a thinking man's game, but I give it credit for the references and the continuity. I'd much prefer to unlock an 'Itchy and Scratchy' cartoon after every game I play, rather than a dull 20 minute FMV.


I'm sure EA will try very hard to please those 'casual gamers' they love so much.


As for the Futurama game, It was worth playing through this ridiculously tough game just so you got to see the whole new episode. Good stuff.

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