Ready at Dawn licenses Daxter engine

Developer of PSP platformer confirms that its engine will show up in other companies' titles as well as its own upcoming project.

When the 3D platformer Daxter saw release on the PSP, it earned high marks for its visual prowess and gameplay that retained much of the appeal of the game's PlayStation 2 parent series, Jak and Daxter. Now the engine that powered Daxter has been licensed to other companies, Ready at Dawn president and cofounder Didier Malenfant has confirmed for GameSpot. However, exactly how many companies are working with the Daxter engine is unclear at the moment.

"Unfortunately the list of our licensees is confidential and it will be up to them to announce their titles when they see fit," Malenfant said.

Ready at Dawn isn't about to abandon the engine it built, as Malenfant said the developers will use it for their next title. That doesn't necessarily mean the studio's next game will be more of the same, as the engine is supposedly quite versatile.

"The engine could be used to do a wide variety of third and first person games," Malenfant noted, "and it would actually produce quite awesome racing games too."

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gamemaster749
gamemaster749

ya the Daxter engine is a great step for the PSP. I think it si going to be a fresh and great start for more good games to come to the PSP. also look at the great game from Insomniac Games when they got some partnership with Naughty Dog they made some great games with that engine also sharing the engine like that give more choices for more great game. This is a nice step to see Ready at Dawn studios do and i hope to see more game from them soon cause Daxter Rocks!

Hoobasdude1890
Hoobasdude1890

yeah the game looked very well thats great that they are giving the engine to other companies more great games on the way :)

Dante200X
Dante200X

Daxter was easily one of the best games to show off the PSP's potential. The engine they developed was perfect for 3-D games and i'm just glad to see they're sharing it to other devs.

ewjim
ewjim

Did't saw Daxter, is there good engine?

shamarke
shamarke

i heard they gonna make jak an daxter the movie i think it gonna suck!

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Some nice things will happen to the PSP . An engine like that could kill the GC , not to mention the DS .

Gamer2174
Gamer2174

Yeah it's nice the PSP finally gets a little hype. There list of games haven't been that exciting, maybe engine will begins a new wave of decent games

faridmon
faridmon

the game was too short, maybe the engine suckes the length of the game, but am fine with the DS.

tricache
tricache

good to see the PSP still getting some of the big bucks and attention

FaTcAt1785
FaTcAt1785

Nice! After playing Daxter , I have to agree its one of the best engine for the PSP!

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

cool naughty dog always create graphically outstanding engines on the console they create games, they know how to use the hardware they have with all the limitations and stuff, doing really nice good news

Cartman86
Cartman86

Daxter isn't really a cute platformer. The Jak, Ratchet, and Sly series are among the best of the past 5 years. They are in a league of their own.

DarknessOfFate1
DarknessOfFate1

Yytay another massmarketed cutesy platformer stinking up shops :P But ive never played Daxter but ve had my fill of crappy cute platformers.

Xanog1
Xanog1

That's good to see because the engine really can exploit the system's strengths and mask it's weaknesses better than almost every other game on the system.

Zeromind_Eric
Zeromind_Eric

Great engine to have for a game, too. Although it probably would never ever happen, it would be incredible to see this game (Daxter) on the 360. I am not going to get a PS3 so this is why I say this.

arandomSOB
arandomSOB

make a R&C psp game with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reetesh
Reetesh

THe original Naughty Dog Engine was also Pretty awesome It was used in JA an Daxter and Ratchet and clank games. The backrougds are very interecxative and the characters are aloso very well detailed:D Good to see that thyey et up the standards.

smiley17O
smiley17O

i here daxter was a good psp game so hopefully this engine will give there game more potential

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

cool, maybe the might use it to create more originals game. And hopefully it will work on the remake of old games.

downlink
downlink

thats great, hopefully, more devs can use this, and maybe in some games(Smackdown) their will be less load times.

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

How about an RPG that uses the Daxter engine :P Hmm it would be nice to see a 3-D RPG on PSP in a large 3-D world and have virtually no in game longing times what so ever, just like Daxter.

MovieMan200x
MovieMan200x

Great news! Daxter was a fantastic game and the engine that ran it made all the better. Can't wait to see what other developers will create with it!

slim_boi
slim_boi

Nice......The PSP is really shaping up nicely of late with some really good games either out or on the way..keep em coming.

Muddypoof
Muddypoof

Bah. The PSP is dead as ding-dongs. I may hang onto mine long enough to try Jaffe's tear jerker. But if that doesn't fly, I'm selling the dumb thing.

etmaul
etmaul

the game did look quite good and licensing an engine really opens the doors for more psp games to look really good. perhaps this will help increase psp sales?

Bombbay12345
Bombbay12345

That's a good idea, considering how good Daxter did. I think we should look out for their next title, it'll probabaly be as good if not better.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well thats cool for them. Even though I think it was not that great of an engine it was great for the PSP. Almost no load times and I like that. Its not like I did not like it I just am more of a fan of engine's like Unreal,Quake and Offset.But it is cool to see it being licensed.So I think its good to see it licensed that way they bring in more money and that way they can make more games.