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Jaffe: Twisted Metal PS3 Was A "Business Decision"

When the chips are down, you stick to your guns, if only to reclaim the chance to take another risk. Nothin' wrong with that, Dave.

Twisted Metal is on the way and fans have waited over a decade for the great franchise to return to the PlayStation console. But believe it or not, creator and Eat Sleep Play co-founder David Jaffe says he's "ashamed" how that project came to be-

In speaking to GamingUnion at E3, Jaffe admitted that the decision to start working on a new Twisted Metal was more of a "business decision" than anything else. Why? Well...the new studio's first project, Calling All Cars didn't exactly hit hard. Said Jaffe:

"I regret... I'm ashamed of the way we greenlit Twisted Metal. I'm ashamed that I didn't stick to my guns more and say, 'Yeah, we got knocked down [with Calling All Cars] and it wasn't a hit, but we still want to do something original like that. Let's wipe your bloody noses and get back in the fight'. I am ashamed that I didn't have the balls to continue and instead said, 'Well, we know we can have a hit with Twisted Metal, so let's make a great game with that'."

They started TM as a downloadable title for the Network but as they continued to work on it, Jaffe and Co. realized how much they still loved the franchise. Hence, the big ol' PS3 game we now expect on October 4. But Jaffe is obviously a little unhappy with himself for "taking the easy way out," so-to-speak.

That ain't selling out. That's giving us what we've wanted for years, damnit!

Related Game(s): Twisted Metal

Tags: twisted metal, david jaffe, eat sleep play, twisted metal ps3

6/24/2011 8:59:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

Shams
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 9:31:45 PM
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Ain't no shame in that. Reimagining TM within specs and limitations of this generation leaves plenty room for creativity and originality, and it's not like they're ripping off someone else, or putting out a COD clone. But I appreciate his openness.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 9:31:55 PM
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I don't blame him for feeling that way. I mean, in a sense, it is selling out. That being said, he shouldn't be ashamed of it. It's a wise business decision, one that anyone would have made, and it will almost certainly lead to an influx of cashflow large enough to allow him and the team to do whatever they want with their follow-up title. If it leads to brigher ideas and a brighter future then there's nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Can't wait for it!
Peace.

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kingjose
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 10:32:54 PM
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Its always good to get in touch with ur roots. That's what made him but not all games should be remade TM is for sure one that I love that their making they need story lines axle was the shit

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JMO_INDY
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 10:36:05 PM
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Hey this man can has given me countless hours of entertainment in my PS1 and PSP days and if he feels that way, well I can't say he shouldn't. However he might have stared in a selfish way, but if he found his love for the franchise again and ENJOYED making it that's all that matters. I know I'm sure as hell going to enjoy playing it.

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Danny007
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:08:27 PM
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Its nice to know the truth, but hey, I'm glad its coming. I'm finally going to play a Twisted Metal game! I'm excited and I know I'm going to be a fan. Thank You David Jaffe.

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shadowpal2
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:39:29 PM
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Actually, it was kind of a wise decision. Considering how "Calling all Cars" was considered an average-good game, it would only make sense for Jaffe to bring out another Twisted Metal.

I mean if he didn't and brought out a new idea, hey...he's certainly doing the game industry good...but he's really risking his job.

If he brought out another idea and did not do well with it, he could possibly not have the financial capital necessary to create more games or bring out something new.

So again, it's wise. And also...I'm pretty sure as Ben said...WE ALL WANT TWISTED METAL, SO NO IT'S NOT SELLING OUT!!!

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StangMan80
Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 11:45:40 PM
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Either way I'm happy it's returning. TM is another purchase for me this year. I loved TM back on the PS.
There is split screen, right? Better be 4-way Battle.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 1:19:35 AM

At least there is network co-op, that much I know.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 1:39:46 AM

4 player split screen competitive that can also be taken online... like Motorstorm. Not sure on co-op though.

Last edited by Lawless SXE on 6/25/2011 1:40:22 AM

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 9:12:07 AM

No I'm confident that I heard "coop play" during a presentation of TM (I assume from E3).

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Claire C
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 12:19:10 AM
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I remember when Twisted Metal was the reason I was originally interested in getting a PS1, because a few kids in the neighborhood liked it, played it, and I watched on curiously. I'm glad he made it. =>.>=

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FM23
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 1:25:51 AM
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Still not sure how this is going to do once it hits the market...Are people dying to pick this up or is it going to be another DNP or FFXIII...I hope it's great because I might just pick it up for novelty purposes and just might end up loving it forever.

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 2:41:57 AM

Definitely an instant classic. Not for just novelty purposes.

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Excelsior1
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 8:10:45 AM

i have a feeling it's gping to flop.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 9:15:34 AM

Have you seen any of the gameplay videos? Graphics are definitely simple, reminded me a lot of Saints Row 2, but the game play looked a lot of fun in a mayhem sort of way.

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Looking Glass
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 12:03:49 PM

@Excelsior1

It's not entirely clear how well it will do with critics and reviewers. But flop? I seriously doubt that. Sweet Tooth has too much commercial appeal for that to happen. And on top of that there are a number of gamers who have fond memories of the Twisted Metal franchise.

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FM23
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 6:56:46 PM

Yeah I saw gameplay vids, looks good, but do I really want to spend my freetime this fall destroying cars or would I rather play ACR, Batman AC, BF3, Dark Souls, Uncharted 3, Skyrim, etc. More or less do I want to spend money to get TM when I would rather pay for/play these games...if this came out during the summer, I would be all go...but too much competition in the fall. This will probably be a bought next year.

I see this flopping or getting lost in the crowd of great games with a more recent following.

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Kiryu
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 2:19:52 AM
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I want twisted metal and a new Epic PS3 exclusive series David Jaffe.

Last edited by Kiryu on 6/25/2011 2:20:03 AM

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RebelJD
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 3:02:14 AM
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Ashamed of putting out a game from a series you developed? What a faggot. It's like shitting on what made you because you'd rather forget...and prefer to be known for something soooo "today", like "Calling All Cars!"

Less talk and more games.

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 3:15:16 AM

Don't be such a douchebag, geez. Don't use faggot as an insult either alright? He wasn't trying to forget his series or his roots, he just wanted to try something different but his last IP wasn't very successful and so he resorted back to Twisted Metal to gain funds to support future developing titles.

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jdt1981
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 3:41:37 AM
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Nothing wrong with giving your fans what they want. There's nothing to be ashamed of.

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dirdiggler
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 7:07:22 AM
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I honestly don't know if anyone can come close to my love for the TM series. I still play 1-2-3-4-black a few times a week, no idea why i love the game more then any game i ever played but its one from my childhood that just rains memories i suppose.. Thanks Jaffe thanks ALOT...

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Zorigo
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 8:44:38 AM
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I understand why he would be ashamed but he can take solice in that if he makes this a damn good game then its will be his rdemption.
Then he can jump back on the IP train

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___________
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 8:48:22 AM
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sweet!
eh, who cares why there making the game, as long as there putting there heart and soul into it, what the series deserves, thats all that matters!
bringing back a series fans have been screaming for is not selling out!
been WAY too long since we had not only a TM game, but a proper open ish car combat game.
we have so few car combat games these days, and there all either on set routes like split second or BLUR, or kart racers like MNR or mario kart.
cant remember the last time we had a more open car combat game!
welcome back sweet tooth, you sick twisted sadistic evil man!
dunno whats wrong with david, but he got one f*cked up mind!
first he creates such a angry violent greek, and now this..........
god, id hate to see what his take on a fairytale would be!
;)

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jimmyhandsome
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 8:51:21 AM
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I don't think he has anything to be ashamed of. People want to play Twisted Metal, so give the people what they want! Hopefully it'll be a hit so he will have that "safety net" to develop a new IP or whatever he initially wanted to do. It's not "selling out" at all, its smart business.

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Mounce
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 6:20:10 PM
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This is why I will always respect Jaffe, he's so god damn humble and honest, blunt and to the point, no bullshit.

To him I'd easily say, don't be so hard on yourself, business decision or not, it's a game many people were anticipating, deep down whether a business move or not, it's what they, the developers and Jaffe himself wanted to do clearly and it was also a game the consumers and fanbase of the series wanted as well, it's a Win-Win for him, the studio, and the consumers. No need to bash yourself so hard :/

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mindmurderer69
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 9:45:37 PM
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the shame is that they didn't just continue the TM series for the past decade and it took a flop for them to come to their senses

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