Many a gamer would agree the trend of reviving older games is a great thing. We’ve had countless remasters from old and new. Ratchet & Clank recently made an incredible return to form. The Last of Us wasted no time getting enhanced for PS4. Wipeout just made its comeback after being completely rebuilt for the fans. Of course, our beloved Crash has finally come home to our living rooms too. So what about Jak & Daxter?
There have been rumblings emanating from the official Playstation blog on such a topic. The trilogy enjoyed an HD remaster last generation so some may ask – isn’t this overkill? Well, no, in our humble opinion. Jak & Daxter stands proud aside the likes of Crash, Spyro and Ratchet as one of the platforming kings of gaming. From the blog, we have learned a few things. John Linnerman, of Digital Foundry states:
“The PS3 HD version was missing visual effects. The shiny metallic surfaces, for instance, were all missing. If you emulate the PS2 original and bump the resolution up to 1080p or more, it should wind up looking better than if you just ported the HD versions.”
Jak & Daxter Won’t Be Getting The Full Treatment
It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a “from the ground up” kind of remaster for Jak & Daxter, as seen for Crash and Ratchet. So many who played again on the last generation may be wondering if this new release is worth their money. Yet, the return of the little known Jak X: Combat Racing, may sway their decision somewhat. For the first time since PS2, we can enjoy the game again in better quality. Sadly, the Playstation blog confirms that online play will not be available. Although, the hallowed living room split screen action can be found here.
What concerns us is that all this, strictly speaking, is old news. The Playstation blog originally announced this re-release back in April… We’ve heard nothing on a release date since. Although, we have the faintest of assurances that it is definitely on the way as Sony has confirmed the latest version of the Jak trilogy will be at Gamescom this year. Which means we’re looking at an earliest release of late August.