Naughty Dog has gamers feeling nostalgic as of late with talks of possibly reviving Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter with new games for each. Additionally, they’ve also talked about possibly remastering the Uncharted series for the PlayStation 4 prior to Uncharted 4’s release.
IGN spoke with Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer about Sony’s recent comments on bringing back popular past characters. Meyer explained,
“It’s 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.”
While Naughty Dog has no set plans to revive any Crash or Jak games, they aren’t ruling out the possibility of continuing on their respective sagas in the future.
“Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be.”
Adding onto revisiting past games, many have speculated that with the soon-to-be release of The Last of Us: Remastered and the announcement of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, a remastering release of the first three Uncharted games for the PlayStation 4 is possible in the near future. Despiteh Shuhei Yoshida’s (President for Sony Worldwide Studios) advocating for the PlayStation 4 Uncharted remastering, Meyer expressed complications in the interest for a remaster of the series,
“It’d be nice. It’s always nice to find ways to try and expand your audience. I don’t know how we’d ever pull that off but I don’t want to say we wouldn’t do it. I think if everything aligns, we should make an attempt to look into it and do it as well.”
Uncharted 4 was officially announced during Sony’s E3 press conference this past June. Nolan North, the voice behind Nathan Drake, speculates that Uncharted 4 will be the last game in the franchise. Uncharted 4 is set for release in 2015.
Considering Crash Bandicoot was the first game series that I became obsessed with as a youth, I have two words: THANK YOU! Sony opening up the possibilities of revisiting still-popular, classic games is great to hear. When Sony will begin creating those games is a different story. I won’t deny that I will be a bit skeptical in how they present the games because I’m a person that really likes when production companies stay true to their original visions. Take the Jak and Daxter series as an example of a series that changed significantly over the span of the series was innocent and magical at first and then became darker and more cynical towards the end. Many fans have mixed reviews on the transition, so Sony will have to keep that in mind if and when they create their new installments for these two series.
As far as an Uncharted remastering, I don’t think it could hurt to try it. Remastering games is a great way for studios to continue to put their game in the minds of the gamers who played them. Plus, it also provides a great opportunity for those who have never played the Uncharted series (ahem, me) to catch up before the fourth game comes out. I can’t wait to hear more news about these games possibly coming to life.
Audrey Lips is one of MONG’s associate writers and is currently balancing a Journalism major while secretly hoping to get her Hogwarts acceptance letter. You can follow her TMI posts on Twitter.