The brand new Twisted Metal will launch for the PlayStation 3 on February 14th. David Jaffe, co-founder of Eat Sleep Play (the studio behind the new Twisted Metal), will leave his company once their new game is launched and finely tuned.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported yesterday that Eat Sleep Play laid off eight employees as work is wrapping up with Twisted Metal. In that story, they interviewed company co-founder Scott Campbell about the future of the studio. Campbell indicated that ESP would be moving towards more casual games in the mobile space:
“It’s a platform that is in our pockets almost 24/7. It’s kind of the size and types of games we’re playing…You can certainly reach a lot more people. That’s pretty exciting for us.”
In the next bit of that same article, and this is where things get a bit confusing, the Tribune quoted Campbell as saying that David Jaffe will be leaving the studio to form a new one and create casual games as well:
“He’s excited to go into the casual space as well…He’s got some projects that he’s excited about. So we’re kind of going down two separate paths.”
All caught up? Good.
Jaffe took to Twitter to respond to these allegations as they conflicted with his personal perception of how things are going down. His departure from ESP seems amiable, but Jaffe indicates that the assertion that he’s moving towards casual games development is “exaggerated:”
“The rumors of me making casual games post [Twisted Metal]- as many of you define them- are highly exaggerated.”
Jaffe explained that he wouldn’t be making the next FarmVille; instead, he says his new studio will be working on all sorts of projects. Among them are browser-based games, but Jaffe indicated that even those would be “gamer centric.” He added that his new studio will also be working on big-budget releases for next-gen consoles.
Casual gaming, as it has been coined with games like CityVille, will not be seeing the likes of David Jaffe anytime soon. He will be leaving Eat Sleep Play once Twisted Metal is close to perfect in order to form a new studio, but it won’t be tomorrow and he won’t be developing games for you mom.