The Last of Us and Uncharted franchises that have sold millions of copies and launched television spin-offs. However, there was a time when Naughty Dog''s flagship franchise was Jak and Daxter, a platformer centered on a boy and his half-otter, half-weasel sidekick. In the previous seasons, the series was on hiatus.
For Jak and Daxter fans, it is only natural to wonder if Naughty Dog has any ideas for the series. Fortunately, there appears to be some activity around the Jak and Daxter IP, which allows the public to enjoy more of its unique universe sooner rather than later. A Jak and Daxter adaptation is in the works.
A Jak and Daxter Movie
Many would like to see a new Jak and Daxter game. However, this is not the only way to explore the worlds that Jak and his sidekick have previously encountered. In recent years, Sony has been making a concerted effort to expand its IPs into other mediums, including a film based on Uncharted and a television adaptation of The Last of Us, as well as the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima movie and Twisted Metal show. It has also been confirmed that there
Ruben Fleischer, who directed the Uncharted film in 2022, has let slip that Jak and Daxter is one of the next properties getting an adaptation. Although Uncharted was currently the sixth highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, Fleischer may prosper when others have failed, as he would not be the first to attempt to adapt Jak and Daxter in 2013. Although this did not come to fruition.
A successful Jak and Daxter film or television series might reignite interest in the franchise, allowing for the game''s universe to be expanded in meaningful ways.
With PlayStation Plus, Jak and Daxter might return.
It is unlikely that fans will enjoy a new Jak and Daxter game anytime soon. As Naughty Dog got a start on it, the studio decided to ditch the Jak and Daxter title, which ended with the creation of The Last of Us. While many might be disappointed by the choice of Naughty Dog, Jak and Daxter was left in the mix.
Druckmann and Evan Wells, the other vice president of Naughty Dog, were asked if the studio would ever return to their kid-friendly franchises in 2021. Wells said the studio looked at what Insomniac did with Ratchet and Clank, but that the studio simply does not have enough time and resources. Druckmann reiterated this, claiming that Naughty Dog has folders of unwanted ideas and it is difficult to execute all of them.
PlayStation Plus may be doing a significant overhaul of its subscription services in 2022, but the first tier, PS Plus Essential, is similar to the current PlayStation Plus, while the second tier PS Plus Extra, allows users to access a catalog of PS1, PS2, and PSP games.
Sony has yet to reveal the full catalog for PlayStation Plus Premium, although it has been confirmed that Death Stranding, 2018''s God of War, Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and Returnal will be included. However, a Jak and Daxter game or two will likely make the franchise more accessible for new players who may not have had the opportunity to play them due to backward compatibility limitations. This may also result in a few obscure titles in the series, such as Daxter from 2006.
The Jak and Daxter series has enthralled fans with its impressive worldbuilding, and the way it pushed gaming forward. It is still an important component of Naughty Dog''s identity and PlayStation''s legacy, although it does not appear as shocking as a few years ago. Gamers will likely not be playing Jak and Daxter 4 soon, but who knows who may follow it.