Naughty Dog On The Jak and Daxter That Never Was

Naughty Dog On The Jak and Daxter That Never Was

There was very nearly a new Jak and Daxter game made for the PS3, Naughty Dog has revealed. Shame it never came to light.

Speaking to Game Informer, co-president of all things Naughty Dog Brian Wells reveals that the team wanted to create a Jak and Daxter that shone with the polish of Uncharted.

“We’d all talked about it in interviews with fans asking, ‘Where’s the next Jak & Daxter?’” he said, “I don’t know if this is going to make them happy or sad, but we did explore the idea fairly extensively. Something that we talked about early on was, ‘Lets go back and apply what we’ve learned with the Uncharted games to Jak & Daxter.’ It’s one of the franchises that’s near and dear to us, and, in all honesty, we’d like to somehow honour.”

The company is honouring Jak and Daxter next week with the upcoming HD collection of the original trilogy, but it seems a shame that a new PS3 game never came to fruition.

“Even if we felt like we’re going to give the fans another Jak & Daxter, we felt we weren’t going to give them the game that they wanted.” said Wells, “We would end up limiting the direction that the company had this passion for while simultaneously not creating the game that fans wanted. We just realised we were going to just do everybody a disservice. So at that point, the conversations started to move in a new direction.”

That new direction is of course upcoming title The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s take on a post-apocalyptic world. It’s already looking to be a game full of the Naughty Dog presentation we’re used to from the Uncharted series, so it’s definitely a very exciting prospect.

Wells did offer some hope to Jak and Daxter fans though, outlining that a new game could still be possible in the future. “Naughty Dog’s got a long history and I think it’s got a long future, so to say we’ll never go back is kind of crazy.” he said. “But right now, we’ve got this new IP that we’re definitely going to be supporting. “I guess there’s a possibility the Uncharted team could move on to Jak & Daxter. It’s still up in the air, but I wouldn’t think that’s going to happen because I think we’d run into all of the same problems with that team that we did with this team.”

So there we have it. Jak and Daxter was meant to come back, but didn’t in favour of The Last of Us.

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