The lights are on
Having just departed from Eat Sleep Play -- the studio he helped found -- after balancing and bug-fixing the company's recent Twisted Metal, Dave Jaffe is already hard at work on a new project.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Jaffe said his new game is a "free-to-play, browser-based, third-person shooter."
He went on to express his enthusiasm for the new free-to-play movement in the industry, saying, "I love the instant-on, I love the low to no barrier of entry to get all kinds of people to jump in and play, I love the fact that you're sitting there at lunch and can play for five minutes or you can get sucked in and play for three hours. You don't have to sit there and power up your f------ machine and go through legal screens and load screens and load the game. I know that sounds kind of petty but when you think of all the distractions and fragmentation of entertainment today, for me that's kind of a pain. I'll choose to do other things rather than sit down and load up a triple-A game unless it's super, super special."
However, he does have reservations about how some companies are currently using the model. "While I love parts of free-to-play, I hate other parts," commented Jaffe. "I hate how it's like the tail wagging the dog and it's the business model and all about getting people to pay [with more micro-transactions]. You can listen to developers all day long tell you it's not pay to win, but you know, it kind of is pay to win. I'm not saying they're evil or they're lying - but one of the things they like to say is pay with your time or pay with your money. Well both of those are really s-----."
We'll be curious to see what the man behind the Twisted Metal and God of War franchises has in store for us. Stay tuned to Game Informer for more of Jaffe's upcoming project. Be sure to check out the full interview on GamesIndustry.biz.