When Naughty Dog introduced themselves to PlayStation, they brought us Crash Bandicoot. The company moved on from that property after the PS1 era, debuting their next IP, Jak & Daxter. Then, after the PS2, Naughty Dog tried their hand with the PS3. And with that, they introduced one of the best series of the last decade: Uncharted. But, will the company ever return to Jak & Daxter, the duo that ultimately put them in the spotlight?
Recently, Joystiq caught up with Evan Wells, co-president of Naughty Dog. The topic of discussion was mostly Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, however talks turned to Jak & Daxter.
Yeah, it’s hard to say. It’s hard to admit that would be in our past, because we definitely still have a real soft spot in the heart for the franchise. And I, in my fantasy, would love to be able to have the resources to be able to tackle that project. But, right now, Uncharted is sort of the focus of the studio for DLC. 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?
We don’t have the resources. So, we’re gonna have to choose our battles. I’m not sure whether Jak and Daxter will win that battle. Like you were saying, though, with trying to find a partner to work with us on the PSP version of Uncharted, I think it would be a shame if there weren’t a Jak and Daxter for the PS3 generation. So, if we can’t find a partner for one of those, then maybe we’re going to have to find a budget ourselves. [laughs]
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