Naughty Dog Could Return to Crash Bandicoot & Jak Franchises
Developer Naughty Dog has today addressed the possibility of returning to two of the franchises that helped make their name, Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Speaking to IGN Naughty Dog’s community strategist Arne Meyer stated:
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.
Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. 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.
It comes back to our decision making process, whether it feels right. With Jak at that time we were really focused on making games grounded in a stylised but realistic world, and if you tried to transfer Jak to that you lose a lot of what made him special. It doesn’t mean though that at no point in the future will we get good at making stylised artificial universes however, and then it’ll work.
While it doesn’t sound like we’ll be getting new entries in either series any time soon, it’s nice to know Naughty Dog hasn’t forgotten about these two franchises, which are both still immensely popular. Naughty Dog has not worked on a Crash game since 1999’s Crash Team Racing, while their last Jak and Daxter game was 2005’s Jak X.
Naughty Dog is currently busy working on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which was announced at this year’s E3, while The Last of Us Remastered is due for release on 1 August.