Sony has announced that three classics versions of the Jak and Daxter series’ sequels will be releasing on PlayStation 4 on December 6.
Jak 2, Jak 3 and Jak X Combat Racing were developed by Naughty Dog for PlayStation 2 between 2003-2005. The orginal Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy has already been released on the PlayStation Store.
Bryan Pardilla, Associate Producer SIEA, while making the announcement on the official PlayStation blog said that they had a great time re-living our fond memories of the game. The games are offered individually or can be purchased as a bundle.
Naughty Dog released Jak II for PlayStation 2 on 14 October 2003. This transformed the Jak and Daxter franchise as Jak was able to speak for the first time, enabling players to hear and experience Jak’s own point of view using his voice, instead of relying solely on Daxter’s witty banter and exposition.
This was the start of something special, and the franchise continued to reach new heights with the release of Jak 3 and Jak X, in part because of this one simple addition.
By giving Jak a voice, it allowed the developers at Naughty Dog to explore new narrative techniques that allowed them to create a grittier world with a much more developed and evolved storyline.
Jak and Daxter evolved from whimsical lighthearted platforming characters to a much darker vision of a future’s past world where Jak and Daxter find themselves pitted against multiple dark forces moving against them.
The narrative tropes Naughty Dog explored in Jak and Daxter laid the foundation for the evolution of their highly innovative story telling. It put them on the path that led to the creation of future blockbuster franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us— and to think it all started with giving Jak his own voice.
Therefore, it was decided that in celebration of Naughty Dog’s rich heritage to present these Jak and Daxter classics on PS4.