Jaffe Leaves Eat Sleep Play, Studio Shifts To Mobile Games
Twisted Metal isn't even on store shelves yet and the developer appears to be shifting...big time.
David Jaffe, who brought us the God of War and Twisted Metal franchises, co-founded the Eat Sleep Play studio and although their first effort, Calling All Cars, didn't fare exceedingly well, there are high hopes for the Twisted Metal reboot.
But Jaffe had gone on record saying the game needed to sell "at least a million copies" for the team to break even, and two million or more if they wanted to make any money. Maybe they think that won't happen because according to a report in the The Salt Lake Tribune, the company is laying off workers and Jaffe himself is leaving.
No less than eight staffers were laid off, leaving the Eat Sleep Play employee number at 26, and the revamped team - minus Jaffe - will supposedly turn their attention to mobile games for the iPhone and iPad devices. The team's other co-founder, Scott Campbell, said-
"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."
The paper also said Jaffe would focus on casual games now, but in a post on his Twitter page, he says those claims are "highly exaggerated." For our part, we'd rather not have one of the best game creators in history working on simple stuff for mobile devices. Go back to Sony Santa Monica and help 'em finish God of War 4, Dave!
2/7/2012 9:14:06 AM Ben Dutka