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Naughty Dog 'explored' new Jak & Daxter

But realised it 'wouldn't do series justice', says co-president

Naughty Dog briefly explored the possibility of returning to the Jak & Daxter franchise, but ultimately shelved the project.


That's according to a recent interview with US mag Game Informer, in which co-president, Evan Wells reveals the studio thought about returning to the much loved series when it split in to two teams, but came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be able to do the series justice.

"We'd all talked about it in interviews with fans asking, 'When's the next Jak and Daxter?' I don't know if this is going to make them happy or sad, but we did explore the idea fairly extensively," explained Wells.

"Something that we talked about early on was, 'Let's go back and apply what we've learned on the Uncharted games to Jak and Daxter.' It's one of the franchises that's near and dear to us, and, in all honesty, we'd like to somehow honor."

However, during the process Naughty Dog came to find that it wasn't able to apply the same narrative techniques and technical tricks used in Uncharted to Jak & Daxter without compromising the spirit of the classic franchise.

"But as we started exploring this and looking at ways we could evolve the game and apply the same narrative techniques that we had leveraged to good effect in the Uncharted series and bring the technology forward and allow us to render in a more realistic style like we were able to do in Uncharted, all the ideas just started to feel like they were going so far away from what made Jak & Daxter, Jak & Daxter."

In the end the dev decided it wouldn't half-heartedly produce another entry in the series.

"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 realized we were going to just do everybody a disservice. So at that point the conversations started to move in new directions."

It's not all bad news though, Wells ended by offering a glimmer of hope for fans of Naughty Dog's charismatic Elfish hero and Ottsel duo. Going so far as to say the Uncharted team could run with it.

"Now is not the time. Never say never. It could happen. Naughty Dog's got a long history and I think it's got a long future, so to say well never go back is kind of crazy. But right now we've got this new IP that we're definitely going to be supporting.

"I guess there's a possibility that 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."