The Jak and Daxter PlayStation 2 games are being reprinted on disc — as PlayStation 4 releases — by boutique publisher Limited Run Games. The first, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, goes on sale today in extremely limited quantities.
The publisher’s re-release of Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter games will be physical discs that play those PS2 games on a PS4. Limited Run Games opened sales earlier today. Only 7,500 copies will be printed: 2,500 collector’s editions and 5,000 standard editions. It’s an unusual move, but one clearly aimed at collectors and hardcore Jak and Daxter fans, based on the collector’s edition contents.
From the PlayStation Blog: “Each game’s Collector’s Edition will include a special item that ties into the game. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy will include a decorative metal Orb, a USB drive shaped like a memory card, trading card pack, exclusive poster, and a CD soundtrack. This will mark the very first time the Jak and Daxter soundtracks will be released! Additionally, each Collector’s Edition will include a piece of history from the series. We’ve secured never-before-seen historical documents to include in each of the Collector’s Editions. For each game, we will be producing a hardback foil-stamped book containing images from Naughty Dog’s original Jak and Daxter production binders. These binders dive into the world and characters in a depth fans have never seen before and offer a glimpse into how the games were formed.”
Limited Run says it will release the other games in the series — Jak 2, Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing — by June 2019. And for fans who purchase all four games, Limited Run, Sony and Naughty Dog will release a “mock case” for Jak 4, a game that does not exist but was in development at one point. That Jak 4 “release” will include a nice, exclusive bonus: “The mock case will include a code redeemable for a PlayStation 4 system theme based on Naughty Dog’s original late-00’s Jak 4 concept art. There will be no other way to acquire this item outside of this, so make sure to order all four of our releases if you want to own it. Fans who purchase all four games will be mailed the Jak 4 mock case after June 30, 2019.“
Sony released the four Jak and Daxter games for PS4 as downloadable PS2 Classics last year. Those re-releases up-rezzed the original games to 1080p, and included PS4 features such as PlayStation Network trophies, Share Play and Remote Play.