Bad Dog co-president Evan Wells has debunked speculation about the studio working on a new one Jak & Daxter game, but added that he “wishes” it was.
Wells made his comments while speaking with Insomniac Games CEO, Ted Price, during the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science’s Game Maker’s Notebook series (transcript provided by Video Games Chronicle). Wells revealed that seeing Insomniac’s work continued Ratchet & Clank series is one of the reasons he wishes Naughty Dog was working Jak & Daxter
We’ve had a few Twitter campaigns where people tweet us every day [saying] ‘I want a new Jak & Daxter, I want a new Jak & Daxter’, and it’s not just simple 280 character tweets, they have photoshopped memes and everything they add on a daily basis, and the effort is significant. And I hate to tell them [but] we are not currently developing Jak & Daxter here. But we still love the characters and I see what you guys [at Insomniac] do with Ratchet and that makes me wish we did, and we would have one in development as there is still a lot of love for Jak & Daxter in the studio.
Wells went on to explain why a PSP version of the Jak & Daxter was eventually canceled.
At the end of Uncharted 2, Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann set out to design The Last of Us, although they did spend a good, solid three or four months working on Jak and Daxter before deciding to put it on hold and move on to something new to concentrate. .
Wells didn’t say if Jak & Daxter has been shelved for good or not.