Ever since The Simpsons Hit & Run smashed its way onto Nintendo's GameCube and other platforms back in 2003, fans have been crying out for a sequel. Even now in 2019, a fan-made petition for a Simpsons Hit & Run 2 is amassing more signatures than ever, despite the original now being 16 years old.

As it happens, a sequel was actually planned to be developed almost immediately after the original was complete. Video game researcher Liam Robertson has shared a new Game History Secrets video on the DidYouKnowGaming? YouTube channel, diving into the original game's development - and also its predecessor The Simpsons: Road Rage - before sharing details on this sadly never-released game.

Initial planning for this lost sequel began during the end of the original game's production. The discussions surrounding the new project were tentative as the studios involved were yet to see the massive success the original would enjoy, but sounded incredibly promising. As Robertson explains, the sequel would have been "bigger and better", with a richer level of detail, increased freedom for players, and plenty more besides.

If you're a fan of the game, we'd urge you to give the video a watch for yourself. You can do just that below.

Just a couple of months ago, the original game's producer Vlad Ceraldi said that it'd be "wonderful" to work on a sequel. We won't believe it until we see it, but don't lose faith just yet, folks.