Jaffe to leave Eat Sleep Play, form new company

David Jaffe must occasionally get sick of the spotlight. It seems that every time he opens his mouth, headlines come pouring out of it. The latest apparent scandal? The fact the Twisted Metal creator is planning on leaving Eat Sleep Play, the studio he co-founded back in 2007.

The news first emerged in a mainstream media write up, as the Salt Lake Tribune covered details of job cuts, reshuffling and a “shift in focus” at the developer studio.

David Jaffe

David Jaffe

The story claims ESP will move into a more casual market, while Jaffe himself will leave, but also work on casual games. The implications have somewhat frustrated the outspoken developer.

I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS!

I never said what I was doing post TM (and I’m still on TM along with ESP for the next months as we launch it and balance it in real-time and make sure it’s a perfect game and continue to support it).

That said, Jaffe really is leaving the company, which is based 300 miles away from his Californian home.

At the same time I will be opening a game studio here in San Diego because I really miss internal game development.

But if I may clear this up: I was not laid off. I co-own the company. There were a few lay-offs and they were very painful to do for all involved. I’m leaving because – again – games are just getting 2 big to direct from 300 miles away & I miss the day 2 day of working direct w/team.

Jaffe has promised to stick around through the months surrounding Twisted Metal‘s launch, working on balancing, bug fixing and making sure the game is as good as it can be.

After that though… who knows? Jaffe is allegedly already talking with developers about joining his new studio – and plotting future projects.

These include “big, huge next gen game ideas”, but also browser-based projects that still appeal to his sensibilities: Action-oriented, gamer-centric… and then everything in between.

Take your time with Twisted Metal, however, Jaffe’s new project is still a while off, and even he’s not sure yet quite what it will be.

Could be iPhone, could be next-gen console…

Keep an eye out, whatever it is, you’ll hear about it. Jaffe can’t keep his mouth shut for too long.

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