If you want to keep anything a secret, don’t send it to the Australian Classification Board. The censorship body appears to have just let the cat out of Konami‘s bag, by publishing details on a new title: The Simpsons Arcade Game.
Back in the day, the four key voice actors provided audio for the game, with Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith playing Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa respectively. That was quite the achievement at release, but apparently has caused the company considerable headaches in more recent times.
Originally published for the Commodore 64 and DOS as well as arcade machines, The Simpsons Arcade Game never made it much further – and a common story for the delay has been that the voice actor royalties would cost companies too much money twenty years after the original recordings.
Whether or not that’s the case, Konami and Backbone Entertainment have both stepped up to the plate to take on Matt Groening’s creations. We’re guessing The Simpsons Arcade Game will likely be a downloadable title for PS3 and/or Xbox 360, but the Board Report doesn’t mention platforms, so we could be in for a surprise. It does make reference to an “online” element, however, and has snagged a PG rating for “mild violence”. That’s censor talk for “Marge smacks baddies with her vacuum cleaner”, for those who haven’t played it.
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