Naughty Dog pursuing more "character driven stories," Jak 4, new Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted PS4 remake still possible
“It’s never of the table,” said Naughty Dog's Community Strategist Arne Meyer during a recent interview with IGN, as the award-winning studio discussed the possibilities of a couple possible projects owners of Sony’s latest console definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on.
In that quote, Meyer was specifically speaking to the chance of a new entry to Naughty Dog’s beloved platformer, Jak and Daxter and/or Crash Bandicoot, arriving on the PlayStation 4 after lengthy dry spells since each series' last main entry. Meyer, however, said, while there still is a chance, “I don’t know if [a new Jak game is] playing into our strengths right now… Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters.”
And it’s easy to see why; Naughty Dog has been finding only success in their latest projects with this approach, as titles such as The Last of Us and the Uncharted series winning numerous awards for their innovations in both storytelling and grounded, yet engaging gameplay mechanics. That said, Meyer is confident there are still more possibilities to be explored using this mindset.
“I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities [in narrative-driven games],” Meyer stated. “I think we’re on to something really good through creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be…” Meyer feels that making a new Jak game in a time when the studio is focused on these grounded experiences would “lose a lot of what made [Jak] special,” yet she assured Naughty Dog's approach could change into something favorable for Jak sometime down the road.
This isn’t the first time in recent memory a PlayStation exec has spoken to reviving franchises, as just last week PlayStation CEO Andrew House said, he “definitely wouldn’t close the door” on a new Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon game, which publisher Activision currently holds the rights to.
Sticking with the theme of possibilities and speculation, Meyer ended off by mentioning how “it’d be nice” if Nathan Drake’s first three adventures from the previous console generation were remastered for the PlayStation 4 to prepare audiences for Naughty Dog’s fourth installment to their popular action-adventure series, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. “I think if everything aligns, we should make an attempt to look into it and do it as well.”
So, g1s, what do you think? Do you think Sony should make a Jak 4 regardless of what type of game’s they’re approaching? Would you be interested in an Uncharted PS4 collection? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section down below!