When Sony began rolling out their range of PS2 Classics on PS4, I got a little excited. Not only would I have a chance to experience PS2 games that I missed out on, like Rogue Galaxy or Dark Chronicle, but I would also be able to play some of my favourites on a modern system. The next big series to get the remaster treatment is Naughty Dog’s amazing, excellent, wonderful, ground-breaking Jak and Daxter franchise. Honestly, the only question is: “What took them so long?”
The announcement was delivered by a short trailer with remastered footage from the Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, showing a montage of our heroes fist-pumping. The trailer ends by revealing that Jak II, Jak III, and Jak X: Combat Racing will all be receiving the remaster treatment. Unfortunately, Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier will not be included, which was developed by a different studio and released for PSP and late into the PS2’s lifespan.
A post on the PlayStation Blog shared a few more details. The games will receive the usual package of remaster features, like Remote Play, 1080p visuals, and Trophy support. Furthermore, Jak X will allow for split-screen racing, but will not have online multiplayer.
Hopefully, this will reignite interest in the series, and perhaps we’ll see more a new entry sometime in the future. Currently, it hasn’t been announced if the games are available individually, or in a bundle. Also, the release date is only a vague 2017 window. It’s likely we’ll see more of the games on PlayStation’s E3 2017 stage, with a launch sometime late in the year.