Four PS2 Classic Jak & Daxter games coming to PS4

April 4, 2017

It’s not only Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot which will be making a return to the PlayStation 4 this year, as today the PlayStation Blog announced that Jak & Daxter, the developer’s other major platforming franchise will also be making an appearance on the console, ‘later this year’.

The original trilogy of Jak & Daxter games – The Precursor Legacy, Jak II  Renegade and Jak 3 – will all be making the leap to PlayStation 4 in the form of its ‘PS2 Classics’ ports. These ports don’t feature anywhere near the level of detail or attention the upcoming Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy is receiving, but do generally run much cleaner and sharper with the PS4’s engine behind them upscaling to 1080p. The trilogy was originally re-released as part of a collection in 2012 for PS3 and PS Vita.

In addition to these, Jak X: Combat Racing will be brought to PlayStation 4, its first port since the original release in 2005. PS2 gamers may remember Jak X for taking the dune buggy racing mechanics from Jak 3 and fleshing it out into its own full game.

Conspicuously absent from the announcement is the only other PS2 release of the series, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier, although given its mediocre reception compared to the critical praise the main trilogy received, its omission isn’t likely to worry too many.

In addition to the HD upgrade, these titles will also receive Trophy support, Shareplay, Remote Play, and Activity Feeds. Hopefully, a more concrete date for the release of all four titles isn’t far on the horizon.