|Jak HD Behind the Scenes|
We’ve had the honor of putting together a 18 minute documentary piece on Sony’s HD re-release of the Jak and Daxter trilogy. It’s always a treat to go back to Naughty Dog and talk to the people there, and this time around the studio was visited by the founders Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin. Andy and Jason look back at their time with Naughty Dog and how far the company has come since they departed, all while playing Jak HD in the studios screening room. Neither had played the game since it’s original release 10 years ago, and seeing it now in HD brought back some powerful memories.
Jak and Daxter return, as crisp and sharp as our memories.
Later on in the segment we take a trip to Mass Media, the studio that handled the HD remastering of the game many considered (Naughty Dog included) impossible to port. Mass Media has a long history of tackling challenging ports, perhaps most famous for the incredibly rare Starcraft 64. Naughty Dog didn't just use every trick in the book when they made Jak, they wrote a whole new book with tricks no one had ever seen. This made for an extremely complex porting process that became the most difficult project MM had ever handled, giving them a whole new perspective on a game they loved when it was originally released and the people who made it.