The prospects of a new Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter game are still alive, with Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer hinting at the possibility of classic icons such as Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter making a return.
Although there are no immediate plans, Meyer told IGN that such ideas are “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,” he said regarding the two games.
But one wonders if platformers like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter still have a place at a studio many now associate with narrative-driven games. The Uncharted series and The Last of Us have really changed the way modern games are perceived. Better yet, does Naughty Dog have what it takes to create a modern platformer that can take on the likes of and Super Mario Galaxy or Rayman Legends?
“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,” Meyer responded.
So while a new Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter are not out of the picture, there is apparently no rush to get them out on the Xbox One and PS4. Considering how much everyone hates hastily-developed games, that isn’t a big problem.