Naughty Dog is known for their vaunted Uncharted franchise, but veteran gamers will remember the talented studio for another great Sony series: Jak and Daxter .
Easily one of the most impressive and entertaining titles of the PS2 generation, the first Jak and Daxter remains a tremendous accomplishment and believe it or not, it is the game's 10th anniversary this month. Yeah, ten years…time flies.
To celebrate, Naughty Dog boss Evan Wells spoke about the creation process and the position J&D holds in gaming history; find his comments over at the PlayStation Blog . Remember, Daxter may have gone his own path (he had a PSP game) and Jak went solo in multiple entries, but the dynamic duo will always be remembered. Said Wells:
"It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since Jak and Daxter found their way onto PlayStation 2 and into the gaming world. We are delighted at the place the franchise has found amongst the gaming community and the mark it has left on the platformer genre in particular. Given that we’re so close to the 10th anniversary, looking back at some of the work that went into making those awesome games seems to be in order. It’s amazing to recall just how the development of the Jak and Daxter franchise has progressed and just how far we’ve come."
The PS2 games utilized technology like bump-mapping and cloth dynamics to make the Jak adventures shine and as you know, the Jak and Daxter Collection has been confirmed. Featuring brilliant new high-definition, it will launch in February 2012 and features the first three titles in the series: Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy , Jak II , and Jak III . The Collection will also include stereoscopic 3D support and and Trophies.
It's great to see this franchise get the recognition it so richly deserves!
Related Game(s): Jak and Daxter Collection