Before Last Of Us was announced, lets rewind a bunch of months back when Naughty Dog explored the possibility of making their first Jak & Daxter PS3 game. Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells dropped a bomb on readers of Game Informer, when he said that the newly formed second team was tasked with throwing around ideas for a new Jak & Daxter game on PS3 before working on The Last Of Us. That’s pretty big right? I wonder how close they were to making this happen, maybe so close that they “extensively” looked into the possibility of bring the franchise over to PlayStation 3. QUOTES INCOMING….
“We’d all talked about it in interviews with fans asking, ‘Where’s the next Jak & Daxter?’ I don’t know if this is going to make them happy or sad, but we did explore the idea fairly extensively,” said Wells. “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.”
However, those talks failed…
“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. 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.”
While the team could still handle the development of a new Jax & Daxter game, we wouldn’t say anything is set in stone.
“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. But now, we’ve got this new IP that we’re definitely going to be supporting,” he said. “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.”
To be honest, I would love to see another Jak & Daxter game from Naughty Dog as well as another Crash Bandicoot game, but stuff like that is always up in the air. Right now The Last Of Us is the game Naughty Dog has shifted their focus to and you can follow all of that stuff here on the site!
Source – VG 24/7