Naughty Dog Was Going To Remake Jak And Daxter, But Didn’t
Many of you would probably be really excited to know that there was almost a new Jak and Daxter game, developed by the team who gave us The Last of Us. And although a new game is no longer on the cards, I think that the reasons as to why it is not happening are far greater than the fact that it is not happening. If that makes sense.
Initially, The Last of Us director, Neil Druckmann, noted that Naughty Dog started hashing out ides for a brand new Jak and Daxter reboot. The team had so many ideas, full of passion–and that’s what changed everything. The ideas that the team was passionate about started to veer too far from the game itself.
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“We found the ideas we were passionate about were kind of getting away from what Jak and Daxter was and we were questioning, ‘Are we doing this for marketing reasons and naming something Jak and Daxter when it’s not really Jak and Daxter?” Druckmann said.
“We felt like we weren’t doing service to what the fans of this franchise really liked. … So we went to our boss and said, ‘Do we have to do this?’ And he said, ‘No. I thought it would just be easier for you guys if you started with something, but if you want to do something else, come up with something else,'” he added.
Thankfully, Naughty Dog did not go through with this: chiefly because that’s why we got The Last of Us. Secondly, it shows that the developers had enough integrity to not play off a marketing stunt and rather focus on a proper game. By showing that the game’s property is more important than the marketing and ideas, it proves that there is still a lot of good in the industry.
We often see too many titles that are rebooted for marketing and money making purposes, furthermore we see too many titles that are remade year-over-year for the very same reasons.