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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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Oh Jaffe.... How about you try your hand at making a RPG? I'd like see how that'll work out.
Didn't he do the same thing after God of War? He made some downloadable car game that no one cared about if I remember correctly. You would think now that he's finally back to developing a AAA game he would want to stay there. It'll be interesting to see how this develops...
Wasted talent on casual games.vbext of luck to you in the future jaffe
mobile gameing = hundreds of lazy basic gamers playing angry birds sun up to sun down.
Update: I think he just likes to leave places and open new studios as a hobby.
Sad to hear this :(
But maybe he didn't have as much control over TM as he would've liked and that's why he'd rather start over.
Damn this dude cant stay still.
Well that sucks.
Good. The happier he is the better his work will reflect that and he is not retiring but moving in to a better position to pursue his own goals and ideas in a more comfortable and desirable setting. We should wish him the best and stay tuned to see what greatness comes from him next.
He's too much of a free spirit, he can't be caged up by Sony or anyone for that matter.
Fly away Jaffe bird, fly fly!
Sad to see him go after playing the twisted metal demo I would love a revival of the franchise but with their leader moving on I doubt they will stick with it.
Thanks for memories Mr Jaffe and looking forward to the new ones.
I hope Jaffe next game is God of War 4.
Eat Sleep Play is based where I live and I haven't found out until now?!?
Well, best of luck to Jaffe with his new studio, it'll be interesting to see what they come up with... next-gen console stuff would be awesome!
why are developers talking about going to mobile gaming...consoles only...