David Jaffe Leaving Eat Sleep Play After Twisted Metal

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Posted by patrickklepek (5992 posts) -
David Jaffe joined Giant Bomb for one of its many reaaaaaally long podcasts this past E3.

David Jaffe will leave Eat Sleep Play after the latest Twisted Metal is finished, according to comments by the designer on Twitter.

The initial report on Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play came from The Salt Lake City Tribune, which reported both Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play would technically be parting ways, but both pursuing casual games.

Jaffe downplayed the characterization of his future career as a casual game designer on Twitter.

“Talking2peeps about some big, huge next gen game ideas I'd love for us2make, as well as cool stuff in the browser space (action oriented, gamer centric)& a few things in between,” he said.

In essence, it appears that very little groundwork has been laid for Jaffe’s life after Eat Sleep Play, only that he’ll continue to work on Twisted Metal following its launch, but will move on soon after.

Jaffe also clarified there are still no plans to produce downloadable content for Twisted Metal.

“We're totally supporting game post launch with balance tweaking, tuning, and bug crunching, he said. “But I've been saying for a YEAR there was no DLC planned. But the team- me included- is still cranking on TM post launch.”

Twisted Metal launches next week.

#1 Posted by patrickklepek (5992 posts) -
David Jaffe joined Giant Bomb for one of its many reaaaaaally long podcasts this past E3.

David Jaffe will leave Eat Sleep Play after the latest Twisted Metal is finished, according to comments by the designer on Twitter.

The initial report on Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play came from The Salt Lake City Tribune, which reported both Jaffe and Eat Sleep Play would technically be parting ways, but both pursuing casual games.

Jaffe downplayed the characterization of his future career as a casual game designer on Twitter.

“Talking2peeps about some big, huge next gen game ideas I'd love for us2make, as well as cool stuff in the browser space (action oriented, gamer centric)& a few things in between,” he said.

In essence, it appears that very little groundwork has been laid for Jaffe’s life after Eat Sleep Play, only that he’ll continue to work on Twisted Metal following its launch, but will move on soon after.

Jaffe also clarified there are still no plans to produce downloadable content for Twisted Metal.

“We're totally supporting game post launch with balance tweaking, tuning, and bug crunching, he said. “But I've been saying for a YEAR there was no DLC planned. But the team- me included- is still cranking on TM post launch.”

Twisted Metal launches next week.

#2 Posted by mlarrabee (3029 posts) -

No! Not my David!

#3 Posted by McQuinn (651 posts) -

again?

#4 Posted by TheKing (844 posts) -

Seems like odd timing to announce this.

#5 Posted by Atwa (627 posts) -

So weird news.

#6 Posted by Cyrisaurus (455 posts) -

This is for the better, for those who can't tell.

He currently works from home, and ESP works on the game hundreds of miles away in Utah.

Jaffe wants to go back to being internal so he can work with his team in person.

#7 Posted by MeatSim (10926 posts) -

I forgot Twisted Metal was coming out so soon.

#8 Posted by WJist (314 posts) -

I'm taking this to read: "This is your last good Twisted Metal, bitches." :(

#9 Posted by Pink_o_mat (206 posts) -

No f-bombs? What happened to the real Jaffe?

#10 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

I'm gonna miss that son of a bitch.

#11 Posted by Virtua_Ben (132 posts) -

@TheKing said:

Seems like odd timing to announce this.

That's what I was thinking. I thought Jaffee wanted to found his own company. He did. Now what does he want to do? I'm confused.

#12 Posted by evilalfie (27 posts) -

Does this mean Calling All Cars 2?

#13 Posted by Hailinel (25201 posts) -

Wasn't Jaffe the reason ESP was formed in the first place?

#14 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

but its his company im confused whats going and then in the interview he was talking about how if twisted metal sold well enough hed like to do sequel.

theres just so many contradictions :/.

jaffe ill can say you make great games please continue doing so

#15 Posted by Grimluck343 (1156 posts) -

Best of luck to him.

#16 Edited by Ghostiet (5289 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

Wasn't Jaffe the reason ESP was formed in the first place?
It was. ESP also has a three-game deal with Sony, Twisted Metal being the first part of that contract. I don't get this at all.

@Virtua_Ben said:

@TheKing said:

Seems like odd timing to announce this.

That's what I was thinking. I thought Jaffee wanted to found his own company. He did. Now what does he want to do? I'm confused.

Jaffe is not exactly the easiest person to work with, but eh. The DLC comment also sounds weird, because Twisted Metal could benefit greatly from DLC.

I don't get this guy. I like him, but Christ, why do I feel he'll be back at Sony in the next 2 years with a new company?

#17 Edited by iAmJohn (6131 posts) -

Wait, what? Jaffe's leaving the company he helped form to do other things? Am I the only one who fails to see the logic in this?

@Cyrisaurus said:

This is for the better, for those who can't tell.

He currently works from home, and ESP works on the game hundreds of miles away in Utah.

Jaffe wants to go back to being internal so he can work with his team in person.

I see. I suppose that makes sense.

#18 Posted by JoeyRavn (5005 posts) -

David Jaffe's glowing ass. Must... not... keep... staring...

#19 Posted by Sammo21 (3431 posts) -

@Ghostiet: Like a previous user said, he was working from home and ESP were hundreds of miles away.

I also doubt he's leaving to work on casual games if ESP is going to migrate to casual themselves.

#20 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

I'm not sure why didn't mention this, but Eat Sleep Play is based out of Utah, and he's in California. He said his main reason for leaving was he missed the whole sort face to face part of development.

Good job, Patrick!

#21 Posted by csl316 (9239 posts) -

Sucks, considering I just played the TM demo yesterday and was blown away. Not sure what'll happen with Eat, Sleep, Play, but after Jaffe leaves a studio good things continue to happen there. And, as always, I can't wait to see what he does next. Knowing Jaffe, we'll probably get a straight answer as to what's going on, unless there's some legal restrictions.

#22 Posted by Ghostiet (5289 posts) -
@Napalm, @Cyrisaurus, @Sammo21: This makes sense, thanks for clearing it up. Because this initially really sounded like a weird fit.
#23 Posted by CornishRocker (398 posts) -

David fucking Jaffe developing fucking casual games. That can't be fucking right.

#24 Edited by Hairydutchman (1040 posts) -

I read "David Jaffe leaving Eat Sleep after playing Twisted Metal".

#25 Posted by JazGalaxy (1576 posts) -

Jaffe is a gunslinger. His M.O. since day one has been work with a studio, sell it to Sony, make a new studio, sell it to sony, make a new studio.

ALSO, Jaffe is totally a guy who likes GAMES. In listening to him talk, he doesn't like where these "AAA experiences" are going. I can see him getting into mobile to continue making real games.

#26 Posted by BadNews (555 posts) -

Kinda saw this coming ever since the podcast he was on. Kinda sounded like his creativity was being hindered because he was pretty much forced to make twisted metal. Not that twisted metal will be bad, looks really good but sounds like he wants more personal and creative work than large scale iterations of previous work.

#27 Posted by N7 (3658 posts) -

Wait... W.... Huh? What!?
 
Well, it makes sense that his studio was formed a long ways away from him, but jeez. This is kind of a bummer.
 
He must feel like Netherrealm Studios after they shipped Mortal Kombat. An overwhelming sensation of "Oh shit, what do we do now?".

#28 Posted by Sirico (53 posts) -
#29 Edited by Three0neFive (2300 posts) -

@CornishRocker said:

David fucking Jaffe developing fucking casual games. That can't be fucking right.

Well, he did create God of War. :P

Joking aside, I wish him all the best in his future endeavours. I never really paid attention to his games in the past, but from what I've seen of his vlogs and other appearances he's a really down-to-earth guy who's genuinely passionate about what he does. The industry needs more people like him.

#30 Posted by aceofspudz (938 posts) -

If ESP is his studio, why didn't he nut up and move to Utah?

#31 Edited by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@aceofspudz said:

If ESP is his studio, why didn't he nut up and move to Utah?

Because he has a family?

#32 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

So wait, he started this studio in 2007, haven't made a single game yet, and will leave said  studio when they release their first game? 
 
Nice.

#33 Edited by AuthenticM (3786 posts) -

He needs to fucking make God of War 4 and make it more like Zelda and Darksiders, just as he said he'd like to do.

#34 Posted by MrMazz (1033 posts) -

well thats a bummer

#35 Posted by Stackboy (509 posts) -

I would have thought if anything a split from ESP would be announced after launch.

He will land on his feet, he always does.

#36 Posted by JJRage (61 posts) -

@aceofspudz: I live in Utah and I don't really want to live here, so I don't blame him.

There are a lot of small studios here. Cost of living is lower, so they can pay their employees less.

#37 Posted by mordukai (7179 posts) -

Jaffe for God of War 4...make it happen.

#38 Posted by CrashTanuki (295 posts) -

So he's going to create a new studio that will partner with Eat Sleep Play, who in turn partners with Sony for its games. It's like the Inception of game development.

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#39 Posted by Gabriel (4076 posts) -

Jaffe seems like he would benefit taking an five year break from making games and becoming an Truck Driver.

#40 Posted by Foggen (884 posts) -

This is the best vote of confidence in an upcoming game ever.

#41 Posted by DeF (4955 posts) -

@AuthenticM said:

He needs to fucking make God of War 4 and make it more like Zelda and Darksiders, just as he said he'd like to do.

let him make something new. I got tired after 2 God of War games and with 3 in the main line and 2 spin offs and all being exactly the same game with varying degrees of prettiness, his talents are put to better use making something fresh.

#42 Posted by Altersparck (70 posts) -

Brad Muir is in that picture. Coincidence? I THINK NOT.

#43 Posted by TheHBK (5547 posts) -

Hopefully he won't be on the E3 bombcast to bitch and moan about publishers.

#44 Posted by rudyarr (270 posts) -

also patrick you should have mentioned the lay offs that also took place.

#45 Posted by YukoAsho (2092 posts) -

So David leaves Sony to create his own studio. Now he's leaving his studio to make another studio?

So, how long until he leaves this next studio?

#46 Posted by Delta_Ass (3282 posts) -

Twisted Metal's gonna be that bad, huh?

#47 Edited by aceofspudz (938 posts) -

@YukoAsho said:

So David leaves Sony to create his own studio. Now he's leaving his studio to make another studio?

So, how long until he leaves this next studio?

It's mathematical. Jaffe will continue to create studios that are farther and farther away from him, and leave them faster and faster, until he is creating studios at the edge of the observable universe and leaving them in infinitesimally small periods of time. It's how man (or at least game developers) will go to the stars.

Strangely, they still manage to make at least one game.

#48 Posted by Ronald (1384 posts) -

I've been expecting this for awhile. Jaffe just lives too far from the studio to keep working with them for too long. I hope he gets a new studio near his house and works on big titles, because I would rather have a God of War or Twisted Metal over another Calling All Cars.

#49 Posted by RE_Player1 (7573 posts) -

Jaffe is the man. He responded to some of my tweets and seems like a pretty chill dude that just gets a little angry when people take what he says or does out of context which is understandable. Can't wait for Twisted Metal, got that sucker pre-ordered.

#50 Posted by Swoxx (3006 posts) -

Man, TM is going to suck.

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