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More Eco: The 10th Anniversary Of The Jak And Daxter Franchise

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 we’re so close to the 10th anniversary, looking back at some of the work that went into making those games awesome seems in order. We’re amazed to recall just how the development of the Jak and Daxter franchise has progressed and how far we’ve come.

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With each outing in the Jak and Daxter series, we set out to create a game that offered the player a brand new experience that built on the previous game. As you go from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy to Jak 3, the story will connect across the titles as the gameplay and technical aspects of the games and the tools used to create them evolved. From being on foot in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy to the hoveboard and morph gun in Jak II to the dune buggies in Jak 3, new gameplay ideas were always in play and being fleshed out and amped up. On the technical side, for instance, Jak 3 featured a brand new terrain renderer that included bump-mapping, which is now a commonplace element in rendering terrain. Also, other givens in today’s games, such as cloth dynamics and rag-doll physics, were new developments by the time that Jak 3 was released in 2004.

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All in all, the evolution of the franchise was a long, fun and winding road, and we are delighted to be able to share it with the current console generation. With The Jak and Daxter Trilogy, we’re bringing the first three installments of the original PS2 series to PlayStation 3 on one Blu-ray disc. Mass Media has been working closely with our team at Naughty Dog to remaster Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II and Jak 3 for the collection. Each title will now offer refined 720p High Definition visuals, smoother gameplay animation, full stereoscopic 3D functionality and trophy support.

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Looking back at the old code and comparing it to this newly minted code is pretty amazing. Our beloved Jak and Daxter franchise and its colorful cast of characters looks, and still plays, truly awesome. The technology and the development work that went into making The Jak and Daxter Trilogy is remarkable. We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts and stories once you get a hold of the collection.

For those of you who are longtime fans, get ready to experience the Jak and Daxter as you’ve loved it in fresh light. If you’re new to the franchise, be ready to get hungry for more eco.

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This is going to be so great. Do you know when in February you will release it?

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please can someone tell me will i like these games? i dont really care for platformers but i love adventure games are these game both? or just platformers please someone answer i was ignored by over excited fanboys going omg omg omg last time

@RedeyedRonin
You’d probably like it. It’s kind of adventure too, very seamless.

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@Fikston thanks thats all i really wanted to know

Evan!

Massive fan of Jak as you can tell by my name and definitely getting this trilogy day 1!

The prospect of being able to play my favourite series full trilogy story arc back to back is making me giddy at the mere thought of it and I hope you guys at Naughty Dog continue to make awesome experiences for us lucky PlayStation owners beyond the excellent Uncharted franchise.

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When I found out Sony will be releasing more collections of PS2 titles the two series that came to my mind first was Team ICO collection and Jak and Daxter. It’s only my favourite platforming franchise of all time.

HD/3D aside I hope you guys don’t add anything that I feel will take away from the original experience, like extra effects or *GASP* giving Jak a voice in the first game…. :P

Can’t wait to pick it up!

Definitely one of my favourite franchises in gaming history thanks to its story, atmosphere, art direction and top-level platforming. I remember playing Jak 3 and thinking “who needs next-gen with games like this?”…

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10 years and nothing has changed: Naughty Dog still makes fantastic games!

This come back is welcomed, but i sincerely wish naughty dog may launch a new episode of jak and daxter on ps3, a worthy, proper one just like the first which was magic.

Carnivius_Prime 02 December, 2011 @ 19:24
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Never really played these before but I’m such a huge fan of Naughty Dog due to my favorite series ever Uncharted, I’ll be buying this. I’m a big fan of Ratchet & Clank too and I’m sure I’ll love this collection being a similar series of high quality platform adventure games.

CoolRichy008UK 02 December, 2011 @ 19:54
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RedeyedRonin you will like these games infact anyone who int played them will i remembr gettin the jak 1 at xmas then the next one xmas year after then final one

if they put these on psn and disk form at same time il buy the download one

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Never played these when I was young so this is another must have collection.

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This will be a nice birthday present in February. I really hope there is a Jak 4 teaser on the disc.

Shame about the cover art and spine, but I guess we are stuck with poor covers until SCEE sorts out their art department.

I played them on the PS2 but I’ll definitely pick this up. It’s 60fps right? Could you please confirm this?

There are already canonial fourth entries into the series with Jak X: Combat Racing and Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier. However, I would most certainly like a new Jak and Daxter experience on the PlayStation 3.

On the subject of this collection, I can say that it’s too bad my backward compatible PlayStation 3 doesn’t let me play Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy as it would originally on the PlayStation 2. There are framerate issues and everything just doesn’t work as it should. I’ve always felt this as a shame, because I really enjoyed playing through the first game about six times on the PlayStation 2. It’s my absolute favorite platformer on the system! But it seems I get a second (or seventh, depending on how you look at it) chance to play this legendary game! Thank you for finally brining the Jak and Daxter games to PlayStation 3!

But please, do not forget the other games! It would be great to see a second Jak and Daxter Trilogy next year. It should contain “Jak X: Combat Racing”, “Daxter” and “Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier.” Why? Because those games are enjoyable in their own right. And just because they are Jak and Daxter games!

Thanks again, guys! Greatly appreciated! All we need now for Sony mascots is the Ratchet & Clank Trilogy!

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that is true insomniac should desperatlyyyyyy do rachet n clank trioligy when the series is finished. I mean jak and daxter cone on that is just epic one of the most loved games are coming in HD ohh myy thats jus emotionall loll

Enjoyed all of these titles!

Will definitely pick this up upon release!

I strongly agree with RemyX-1988 with regards 2 another collection, so please consider it, as the Jak & Daxter Collection is incomplete without them.

The Lost Frontier is a continuation in the story so it has 2 happen, surely? ;)

“If you’re new to the franchise, be ready to get hungry for more eco.”

Evan, please tell me that’s a hint for a PS3 Jak game! It sounds like one to me :)

this collection is a must have and will be a day one purchase along with mgsolid collection due out the same month. can’t wait.

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I can NOT wait for this, hurry up and take my money!

maddogarchie64 03 December, 2011 @ 16:42
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woop woop!

Time for another HD classic please, preferably GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas. PS3 only of course.

It’s absolutely awesome news!!! I can’t wait until I buy this lovely trilogy! I hope to repair my PS3 from Yellow Light of Death before that…

I’m not a fan of platform games, but Jak II (I played that one first) was absolutely one of the best games I’ve played on the PS2. Gotta love it when a single title changes the way you look at a genre. :)

Day 1 purchase. February is gonna be expensive. ^^

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Cannot wait for this! Only ever played the first one and loved it!

fjernbetjening 04 December, 2011 @ 17:42
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Great! Now all I need is a Ratchet and Clank collection, and a Kingdom Hearts collection. Oh, and of course… JAK IV!

the-OG-Boomer450 06 December, 2011 @ 08:29
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definitely excited for this collection i used to own all 3 (and jak x) for ps2 and i cant wait to beat 1 2 and 3 all over again WITH TROPHIES!!! naughty dog aside i never played lost frontier because of all the bad reviews and dont plan on playing it or any future jak games sense naughty dog sold the franchise. i will forever be content with the hd collection and if they ever decide to release jak x as well that would be sweet. and just like many others are saying next we need r&c (1-deadlocked) and kingdom hearts collections and i will be so so so so so so so so so so so so happy :D

Joy, can’t wait! will they be any extras

Awesome box art! Can’t wait!

yes thank you. I remember playing all the J&D games on ps2 I loved them and have always wondered when they were gonna be on ps3, now this gets me wondering… Are the other three games in the series going to be on ps3 as well?

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