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Update: Jaffe just confirmed via Twitter that, as of today, he is no longer with Eat Sleep Play. The Twisted Metal and God of War creator broke the news via his personal Twitter account:
"As of now-June 1st-I am officially no longer a co-owner of/employee of @EatSleepPlayInc! Thanks for having me on the crazy ride ESP! Much appreciated! I'm really proud of the game we made! And now...on to new adventures! I hope you'll stay tuned and join me on the new journey twitter peeps! Gonna be fun! :)"
Update: Twisted Metal's David Jaffe has commented on and clarified his post-Twisted Metal plans.
In a series of tweets, Jaffe confirmed that he is leaving Eat Sleep Play, but that he won't do so until after Twisted Metal has shipped and the game has been bug-fixed and balanced post-launch. Jaffe estimates that could take up to three months. He did stress however, "I WILL be leaving2start new game studio."
Jaffe stated that he's in talks with people currently about this new studio, and that it will be in San Diego (where he lives), as he misses the day-to-day interaction with a development team. Eat Sleep Play is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As for what his next game might be, Jaffe says he has ideas for all kinds of games whether that's next-gen titles or action-orientated ("gamer-centric") browser-based stuff. "I have no idea what game we'll make yet. Could be iPhone, could be next-gen console," he tweeted.
Original Story: David Jaffe, co-founder of Twisted Metal developer Eat Sleep Play, is reported to be leaving the company once the game ships to focus on smaller-scale development.
In an article with the Salt Lake Tribune, Eat Sleep Play founding partner Scott Campbell said that the company is moving to making mobile/iOS titles, and that Jaffe had similar plans, but was leaving the company to pursue them. "He’s excited to go into the casual space as well,” continued Campbell. “He’s got some projects that he’s excited about. So we’re kind of going down two separate paths."
Jaffe tweeted about the report, neither offering up a confirmation nor a denial; simply his own clarification on the definition of casual gaming. "The rumors of me making casual games post [Twisted Metal] – as many of you define them – are highly exaggerated." Jaffe has promised further elaboration via a subsequent tweet, so we'll all have to wait and see.
Twisted Metal comes out on February 14 for the PlayStation 3.
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Must be an exaggeration. No way Jaffe would go full casual unless it was casual Friday. Then again, people like making money, and there is certainly money in casual gaming.
more key players moving to the mobile platforms...
yay... Calling All Car's 2
Well this sucks. Yet another person moving to the mobile gaming outlet. I guess, it's a different kind of work experience and opportunity, and if they enjoy it, more power to 'em. But I do wish that all this great talent would stay where it really matters :/
Jaffe what the hell?
Hope it's a joke.
Personally I think he's more going to go work on smaller,indie style games instead of these big high profile games in order to actually...y'know...have creative freedom rather than copy pasting a pre-existing formula,but with a single small thing changed.
But thats just my hope~
*** really? Hopefully he makes a game, realizes its a crappy way ro go about *** and comes back to making beastly games for my ps
He could always come back for more God of War. I certainly wouldn't be opposed.
Had me worried there before the update. I expect to see something great from his new studio, since I love Twisted Metal and GoW
He made Twisted Metal and God of War. I hate how people think he's the second coming of Miyamoto.
I just Jaffe knows what he's doin.
Didn't he found Eat Sleep Play? Isn't this their first console release, with previous games being Twisted Metal: Head-On and some PSN games? I know it's been a few years but it doesn't seem like he's really done much with his first start-up company.