by David Sanchez on August 2, 2012 @ 9:14 am
David Jaffe took to his blog this week to discuss the latest entry of Twisted Metal on the PlayStation 3. Jaffe, who founded Eat Sleep Play and left the developer earlier this year, discussed the game’s sales, as well as the future of the car combat series. The first thing the game designer touched on was the fact that he wouldn’t be working on a new Twisted Metal, for some time at least. In fact, because Sony owns the IP, and because Jaffe is no longer affiliated with the company, he clarified that he had no plans of working on the series, nor was he informed as to what Sony was currently doing with it.
The former Eat Sleep Play employee said that in terms of sales, Twisted Metal was certainly not a “dud,” but it wasn’t a hit, either. Reviews, explained Jaffe, were both positive and negative. That said, he expressed his interest in the franchise and said that he would love to work on a new Twisted Metal game down the road. But that’s in the future. For now, he wants to do his own thing and work on new projects. “Heck, once we get the new studio launched and we’ve brought some new IPs to the world that folks enjoy, I can see myself dying to go back and do a new TM w/the new studio and with Sony,” blogged Jaffe. “But for now, I really want to do new things.”
But what’s the developer’s vision for a new Twisted Metal game? For starters, he would want to make a digital title that’s a lot smaller than most other entries. “So a launch would look something like: 5-6 vehicles, 2 levels (with 1 or both being able to be broken up into at least 1 other level map), 3 modes (TDM, DM, and 1 new, fresh mode), 8 weapons, a 4 level single player campaign with a single end boss, inexpensive stories for each of the 5-6 characters (aka TM2 but with darker visuals),” said Jaffe.
I thought Twisted Metal was a great car combat game with enjoyable gameplay and addictive online multiplayer. The single-player mode was good in my opinion, but it was really brief, which was kind of a letdown. That said, I’d certainly say I was a fan. It’s going to be really interesting seeing what Sony does with the franchise in the future, if anything. I think we’re most likely to see Jaffe return to the franchise to work on it if Sony does want to make a new Twisted Metal game.
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