Many of us are desperate for a new Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter game and have been for many years, and last year we received a tease that they were thinking of making a brand new entry in the Jak and Daxter franchise, sadly it appears we may not be seeing either of these ever again from Naughty Dog.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Naughty Dog veteran Josh Sherr was asked if there would be the possibility of Naughty Dog returning back to their classic series. To this we recieved a rather dissapointing answer.

When asked if the team misses the cartoonish styling of their Crash and Jak era, Josh had to say this on the matter:

“No, I don’t, because we’ve got an amazing team of people making some really expressive performances with our current stable of realistic characters. I mean, animating the stylised stuff is a lot of fun, but the stories that we’re trying to tell right now are a little bit more grounded and a little bit more grown up than they were back in the Jak and Daxter days.” — Josh Sherr

When he was asked if this is because of the members of Naughty Dog simply getting older, Josh said this:

“I think that’s part of it. I think that it’s also dictated by what the market wants, too. You know, that was a lot of what our decision was bounded by and based on when moving from Jak and Daxter to something more like Uncharted. And it’s also what we’re interested in, too.” — Josh Sherr

It seems Naugty Dog has now evolved beyond the fun loving crazy adventures of the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter franchises. Instead it seems Naughty Dog is going with the times and evolving to continue telling more serious stories with their games like Uncharted and The Last of Us.

To be honest this goes with the time and it works, consumers want serious and thought provoking games and the era of animal mascots and fun loving games has come to an end. It is sad but it is also necessary to continue to evolve and tell more mature things.