Report: New Jak & Daxter Not In Development, But Naughty Dog “Wishes” It Was


Posted on April 14, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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While the next-generation of console hardware has already commenced with the release of the Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5, there appears to be a greater understanding for the plans from the likes of Sony Interactive Entertainment. In that, the firm states to be honing in its focus to AAA, blockbuster releases and its big-name developers leading forwards, a report from Bloomberg tells.

In a surprise, this appears to be the opposite of what Nintendo plans to approach in the future. CEO Shuntaro Furukawa states, “In the future, we will focus on creating new game series as well as long-sellers such as Mario and Zelda.” So while new content enters the pipeline, the remnant franchises are also to receive some airtime as well.

But, despite the decision from Sony Interactive Entertainment, teams do not agree with the decision. When speaking at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science’s game Maker’s Notebook series, being transcribed by Video Game Chronicles, Naughty Dog explains its interest to make a new Jak & Daxter game.

We do, in fact [get asked to make a new Jak & Daxter]. We’ve had a couple of Twitter campaigns where people have been tweeting us every single day [asking] “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.

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.

Evan Wells, Naughty Dog Co-President

So while Sony Interactive Entertainment does not appear to be emphasizing its energy to a new title, there has been evident support for players to experience the game. In the past, the PlayStation company in collaboration with Limited Run Games greenlit the arrangement with Naughty Dog to print a physical version of the game back in 2018.

Noted, that does not suggest Sony Interactive Entertainment is not in favor of legacy franchise. In fact, a new installment is underway for Ratchet and Clank with Rift Apart. The upcoming entry is said to arrive later this June. You can read the full report by heading here.

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Source: Video Game Chronicles

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