A few months ago, Sony added the original Jak and Daxter to the PS4 PlayStation Store as a PS2 Classic, but the rest of the PS2 games were nowhere to be found. Now thanks to a new trailer, we know that Jak and Daxter fans can play Jak 2, Jak 3, and Jak X: Combat Racing on PS4 beginning December 6th.
As previously leaked, PS4 owners can buy the Jak and Daxter games as a bundle or purchase each one separately. Unfortunately, no pricing information has been revealed at this time, but it’s likely that the games will sport prices similar to other PS2-on-PS4 titles. Since Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is on the PlayStation Store for $14.99, it’s reasonable to assume the other games in the series will be priced the same.
So, what will fans be getting for their $15? Like other PS2-on-PS4 titles, the Jak and Daxter games will enjoy 1080p visuals and trophy support. Besides these upgrades, fans may notice some other minor technical improvements as well, such as faster load times.
Of course, with Sony bringing the classic Jak and Daxter games to PS4, fans may get hopeful that a sequel is in development. Unfortunately for fans, there is no evidence that Sony is currently working on a Jak and Daxter revival. The last time we heard anything was a couple of years ago, when concept art leaked for what was supposedly a Jak and Daxter sequel. However, in response to the leak, Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer denied that the studio is working on a new game in the series.
Another reason why we might not see a new Jak and Daxter game is that Naughty Dog has a tendency to create about four games in a franchise before moving on to new IP. For example, it worked on three Crash Bandicoot games, made the Crash Team Racing spinoff, and then started work on Jak and Daxter. There were four Naughty Dog-developed Jak and Daxter games as well, with three story-driven titles and, similarly to Crash Bandicoot, a racing spinoff. The pattern seems to be holding true for Uncharted, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End said to be the end of Nathan Drake’s story.
Furthermore, Naughty Dog has its plate full, having just released Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as a standalone expansion for Uncharted 4, and currently working on The Last of Us: Part 2. However, if the Jak and Daxter PS4 releases prove popular enough, Naughty Dog may be convinced to return to the franchise, or Sony may assign another one of its first-party studios to start development on a sequel.
The Jak and Daxter PS4 bundle will be available on December 6th. The titles will also be available for individual purchase.