So you can see what happens when a company completely ignores the sensibilities of the fans. Not only is the game put off for years and years, but once it's finally released, it's butchered beyond belief. Not that game companies should stifle their vision by catering exclusively to the fans, but those are the risks in creating a franchise and explicitly meaning for people to connect with those characters. They do have some responsibility for what they're putting out into the world. Just as people are complaining nowadays about the triviality of the Mass Effect ending, the entirety of Nuts n' Bolts was like a big slap in the face to the fans.
Getting back to Jak & Daxter, Naughty Dog admits that a sequel is not out of the question in the future, which might be for the best considering that they need to crave THAT universe again before they can really get into it or else they'll destroy it. Personally, it seems to me like they lost a major asset in Bob Rafei, the Jak trilogy's concept artist and what I would call the heart and soul of the Jak game's overall look and feel. I mean, just look at these designs.
Bob left some years ago to make BigRedButton studios with some colleagues of his, but it doesn't seem like a whole lot is coming from them at the present moment. Pretty sad to see such talent wasted.
I think if they just passed the gauntlet of Jak 4 onto another developer (akin to what's happening with the Sly franchise, although that was a big stroke of luck), perhaps the fans will get a game they want while Naughty Dog can focus on gritty realistic games like The Last of Us.
And in case any of you were wondering, no, The Lost Frontier doesn't count as Jak 4.
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