Naughty Dog President Says He Wishes the Studio Was Making a New Jak and Daxter

The series has been dormant for over a decade.

Reports out of Sony say Naughty Dog is currently working on a remake of the original Last of Us, and while that’s not the only project the studio is working on, the company’s president Evan Wells has confirmed nothing happening within the studio is a return to the Jak and Daxter series.

The platformer series was the studio’s primary focus during the PlayStation 2 era, and not unlike Sucker Punch’s Sly Cooper series, has largely been left behind in favor of newer franchises. But during a talk with Insomniac Games’ Ted Price at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science’s Game Maker’s Notebook series, Wells explained that Naughty Dog is still getting requests to return to Jak and Daxter to this day. And while nothing is happening right now, Wells would like to return to the series at some point. Especially as Insomniac is still actively making games in the Ratchet & Clank series. That franchise was Insomniac’s output during the PS2 generation, and has remained a pillar of the company in the years that followed.

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“We’ve had a couple of Twitter campaigns where people have been tweeting us every single day [saying] ‘I want a new Jak & Daxter, I want a new Jak & Daxter’, and they aren’t just simple 280-character tweets, they have Photoshopped memes and everything they’re including on a daily basis, and the effort has got to be significant,” Well said.

“And I hate to break it to them, [but] we do not have Jak & Daxter here in development right now.”

“But we still love the characters and I see what you guys [at Insomniac] are doing with Ratchet and that makes me wish that we did, and we would have one in development, because there’s still a lot of love for Jak & Daxter in the studio.”

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Personally, I’d like to see something new from the studio after four and a half Uncharted games and two entries in The Last of Us, but it’s unclear just what the studio is up to right now beyond the report of a Last of Us remake and job listings hinting at what is likely the much-delayed multiplayer mode for The Last of Us Part II. But right now, it sounds like Sony is doubling down on the prestige games of Naughty Dog’s output from the PS3 and PS4 generations rather than new ideas. So any kind of return to Jak and Daxter sounds unlikely right now.

There’s always a chance another studio could take on a return to the franchise, however. And it’s not even unheard of, as the last game in the series, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, was developed by High Impact Games for the PSP and PS2 back in 2009 after Naughty Dog passed it on during development of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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