Naughty Dog: New Jak & Daxter and Crash Games are “Never off the Table”
When it comes to the Jak & Daxter and Activision-owned Crash Bandicoot franchises, Naughty Dog hasn’t worked on either for quite some time. As Naughty Dog Community Strategist told IGN though, new entries into each series are never off the table:
It’s never off the table. It’s not too much time passing, but it’s the same issues we explored with the Jak game. Is it something that makes sense to us now. I mean we still have people that worked on the Crash games in the studio. We never forget our past and it’d be great for nostalgic reasons. It’d be the same reason as why there isn’t a Jak 4: I don’t know if it’s playing to our strengths right now.
If you couldn’t tell from their recent hits in the form of Uncharted and The Last of Us, Naughty Dog is working on “narrative-driven games with strong characters.” As Meyer puts it, “I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be.”
Summing up his thoughts on the potential of new Jak or Crash games, Meyer said, “It comes back to our decision making process, whether it feels right.”
Also, Meyer was asked for about the hundredth time this month regarding a possible Uncharted remaster, saying he didn’t know how they’d pull it off, but “I think if everything aligns, we should make an attempt to look into it and do it as well.”