Why PS3 needs a new Jak & Daxter game

In a recent interview Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells hinted at a possible resurrection of the developer's PS2 platformer Jak & Daxter:

"Maybe we could go to Jak and Daxter as the next project. Maybe we stick with Uncharted [laughs]. Maybe we come up with a new IP. It's tricky to be able to tackle all of those at once. Right?"

Game developers have a habit of doing this. They say something without thinking about the ramifications of teasing us with words. Words that we ponder over. Like why we think there most definitely should be a new Jak & Daxter game on PS3. Here are six reasons why...

1. PS3 needs a(nother) first party platformer

And before you start reminding us about Ratchet & Clank - we know we've already got a brilliant first party plaformer on PS3. But it's a very different game; Ratchet is heavily focused on weapon combat and draws on space science-fiction references.

Above: Looking at old screens of The Precursor Legacy. Ah, nostalgia

Our best memories of Jak & Daxter were the pastoral charms of the original Precursor Legacy; herding runaway animals, the lush sunny, island environments and the sense of exploration afforded by the open-world locations. By contemporary PS2 standards it was pretty exciting when you boarded a boat and seamlessly sailed across the sea to another island.

With the technology afforded by the PS3, Naughty Dog should be able to surprise us all over again and provide an alternative to Ratchet & Clank - jut like it did on PS2.

2. Uncharted 3 can wait another few years

There's nothing to say Naughty Dog has to keep pushing out new Uncharted games. In fact, the difficult third game in a series syndrome could be avoided entirely if Naughty Dog was given longer to think how to move the series on, and in the meantime work on something fresh and new - like Jak & Daxter.

Above: Uncharted - we can wait a bit longer for a new one surely?
Look at Metal Gear Solid for example - Kojima Productions don't exactly see the need to squeeze one of them out every couple of years, but the fanbase is loyal enough to keep buying the games.

3. Farming it out as a PS2 game doesn't cut it

There was a reason why Sony didn't make a big thing out of the most recent instalment of Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier - it wasn't that great. Plus it was on a dated platform. Part of this reason was it wasn't created by the team at Naughty Dog and instead produced by another devleoper, High Impact Games.

Above: The Lost Frontier, not a true Jak & Daxter game in our book

If we're to get a true Jak & Daxter game it needs to be done by Naughty Dog and it needs to be their premier project with as many people who worked on the original involved. So we say get Jason Rubin back - he's free at the moment, right?

4. Sony shouldn't just abandon its former mascots

Jak & Daxter was launched very much as Sony's attempt at a Mario, Sonic or Banjo (and) Kazooie. In all of the former cases, their respective owners have attempted to breathe new life into them as new hardware has come along. Why not Sony?

At the moment there is still a fanbase who would buy the game, plus a new audience of 'family gamers' who would jump at the opportunity of a game that 'everyone' could enjoy. J&D is one of the few series that manages to satisfy both young and old audiences and remain challenging to both.

5. By the time the PS4 generation comes round it might be too late

In the same interview as we quoted above, Evan Wells also says: "I think it would be a shame if there weren't a Jak & Daxter for the PS3 generation." We agree, obviously, but his implication is that even if there isn't one on PS3, they can always do one for a later generation.

Above: Remember this dude? Want to see him again? Exactly 

Thing is, it'll be too late by then. If we guesstimate that the PS4 will hit some time in 2016 that means no activity from the series for nearly eight years. You'd be hard pushed to make a revival that late on. But bring a Jak game out in the next few years and PS4 Jak becomes more feasible. To use a Mario/Sonic analogy again, when has Sega or Nintendo ever allowed one of their mascots to skip a generation of consoles? 

For the record the Jak series sold nearly nearly 12 million units so it's hardly insignificant.

6. Naughty Dog needs to ride on the wave of its Uncharted success

This one's a no-brainer. At the moment Naughty Dog is something of an elite studio with Uncharted 2 ranking number two in the all-time high scores chart for PS3 on Metacritic. If there was ever a time to roll out the old - 'from the makers off...' tagline it's now.

What do you think? Would releasing a new Jak & Daxter be a bad idea? Would you rather Naughty Dog focused on Uncharted 3 instead? Let us know in the usual forums of discussion and flaming FacebookTwitter and below in the comments.

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  • tyler-hall - August 22, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    im late to this but even at this point in time uncharted can wait, jak and daxter was in my eyes the second best series of all time next to the zelda franchise, then after jak and daxter there would be ratchet and clank. Jak and daxter the lost frontier was complete s**t, within 15 minutes of playing it i took it back to gamestop and specifically told them it sucked, only because naughty dog gave up on it. It was easily their best series ever, they are idiots for giving it up. if uncharted was never made and jak and daxter had its place the ps3 itself would be a more successful system because jak and daxter already had a HUGE fanbase before the system released, so it makes sense that the series would help the system become popular.
  • phade3 - May 17, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    To OneEyedGood: Sonic did appear on the Saturn ! Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Jam, Sonic R, and Sonic Wings Special !
  • shawnschonsmith - March 28, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    A new Jak and Daxter by ND would make me very happy. Whether a conclusion or another installment to lead to further generations(much preferring the latter), I would be happy. It's much too epic of a series to kill off so quickly, on a cliffhanger ending. The more J&D, the better. :)
  • Conman93 - March 16, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    A new jak would be awesome, but id rather see a Sly 4 from Sucker Punch first. We need to find out about Bentley's Time Machine :D
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Have to agree, would love to see a new Jak and Daxter and then bring out Uncharted 3 after that
  • OneEyedGoon - March 16, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    I'd love to see a Naughty Dog Jak 4, but I doubt it'll happen. They abandoned Crash the same way. And as for Sega or Nintendo mascots skipping a generation, that *did* happen. Sonic never appeared on the Saturn.
  • husk94 - March 15, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    Jak 4!, i loved the first three but fronteir just wasnt the same...
  • Cyberninja - March 15, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    i hope we get a new j and d and yes i would like a new gex
  • Pocotron - March 15, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    I'd rather see Uncharted 3 in a few years with a J&D inbetween than Uncharted 3 next summer. ND took their time with Uncharted 2, which is good. They needn't rush a game... WAIT! They're making the most epic J&D game and its been, like, 5 years in the making! What? Whats this thing you call "Lost Frontier?" I've never heard of such a game.
  • Unoriginal - March 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Jak 3 ended on a sort of a cliffhanger with Jak going back and becoming Mar and I really want to see a continuation. Seeing the lost frontier was a real kick in the balls to say the least.
  • inconceivable - March 15, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    I loved Uncharted 2 so much, it's hard for me to say I don't want ND working on #3, but I also don't want it to be rushed and bad. If they want to take a break from that series, a new Jak and Daxter would be awesome. I loved those games.
  • felipe222 - March 15, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    Uncharted 3...
  • sened - March 15, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    J&D was shit Naughty Dog NEED to buy Crash Bandicoot back. Crash went down hill straight after ND let him go.
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 15, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    I love both series, but I'd love to see their next game be a Jak & Daxter revival, mainly for reasons 2 and 5 that you offered.
  • denyeverything - March 15, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    I don't have an opinion, but I don't think R&C sold in the sort of quantity that would make them consider changing their direction to that sort of thing. The biggest hope you have is that they push for one for the Move.
  • ondx - March 15, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    more jak AND daxter please...
  • cronoman66 - March 15, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    YES! this is the way to go, I loved Jak 1-3 they were unique, charming and full of character, gah i might go back and play them now
  • lnksmartt - March 15, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    I loved the first three, so I think it would be a great idea.

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