Jaffe leaving Eat Sleep Play, studio shifting to mobile - Report

Twisted Metal studio cofounder departing Salt Lake City-based company alongside eight others; studio to focus on mobile games moving forward, according to local paper.

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Twisted Metal developer Eat Sleep Play is going through a metamorphosis. According to a new report, studio cofounder David Jaffe and eight others are on their way out of the Salt Lake City-based developer, as the studio shifts its focus toward mobile games.

David Jaffe is no longer eating, sleeping, and playing at Eat Sleep Play.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that last Wednesday the developer enacted a round of layoffs, affecting eight staffers at the company. According to the report, the studio's headcount now stands at 26.

As for the company's future, the report says Eat Sleep Play will focus on developing mobile games. Apple's iPhone and iPad devices were specifically cited as platforms the studio would develop new games for.

Explaining the shift in focus, Eat Sleep Play cofounder 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."

As for Jaffe, the paper reports he will leave Eat Sleep Play to work on casual titles. However, speaking on Twitter, Jaffe said, "The rumors of me making casual games post [Twisted Metal]--as many of you define them--are highly exaggerated."

Jaffe explained his departure from Eat Sleep Play further on Twitter, saying he will remain with the developer to see Twisted Metal launch but is planning to open a new shop in San Diego soon.

"I have zero plans to make games like Farmville and Angry Birds. I never said what I was doing post [Twisted Metal] (and I'm still on [Twisted Metal] along with [Eat Sleep Play] 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)," he said.

"At the same time, I will be opening a game studio here in San Diego because I really miss internal game development. Happy to share more details later. I'm leaving because--again--games are just getting [too] big to direct from 300 miles away & I miss the day-to-day of working direct w/team."

Eat Sleep Play's Twisted Metal is due out next Tuesday in North America exclusively for the PlayStation 3, with a European version due in March. For more on the vehicular combat title, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

Discussion

46 comments
Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

I see it now. SONY Plai-phone. Touching Kratos from GoW wasn't my Idea of mobiling but what the hell...

al_atreesy
al_atreesy

Jaffe always makes those crazy games and yet they are amazing ones. Sony wouldn't allow to lose a unique developer like him.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

jaffe..is leaving eatSleepPlay with time bomb..and getting away with murder

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

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brr8760
brr8760

Does anybody else think we haven't heard the real story here? And what about the weird timing-- on the eve of Twisted Metal's release??? Makes no sense.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

No offense to Eat, Sleep, Play.. But the've just gone from major genius to major penis. One of the best developers of our time switches to make casual games.. :? Bad times. I initially read this article wrong, but best of luck to Jaffe. He should go to Lightbox Interactive :)

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Why! You were my fav anti hero jaffe!

steve_fox_fm3
steve_fox_fm3

WTF is jaffe think about ??? after making great game sush as GOW & TM he turned to make games for mobile phone ... are you serouis David Jaffe !!!

xcollector
xcollector

The studio will fail without Jaffe.

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

ok now that ive read the entire update...my second response is, "WHAT?"!!!??? so you miss the grind of working with the dev team...i cna understand that. nothing beats having a hand in your project, physicly, from start to finish and seeing the fruits of your labor...but damn, what hes saying is like baisicly saying hey, kiss my ass loyal group (and not that i can fully blame him) but i can, potentialy, make more money with this group than i did with you guys.......hey Dave, heres a great piece of advice.....GO MULTIPLATFORM!!!!!

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

ladies and gentlemen....the direction of, like everything else in the free world, our gaming government. where the quick and easy buck is valued more than the people who support you...

Elann2008
Elann2008

Translation: They don't want to make real games, and they want quick, easy money. Welcome to Mobile Games.

valcrist09
valcrist09

stupid gimick apps are ruining gaming.. of course the money is huge, little to nothing to make and most people buying cause they are cheap. I own an IPad and Iphone and i own a ton of apps and aside from the cool apps that help in day to day needs i cant stand. I think angry birds is a joke and i think most touch based games are a stupid joke and seriously have a lasting appeal of 10-15 min.. And this whole Free to Play but then penny pinch on everything is also annoying.. God i hate where this industry is going..

nate1222
nate1222

I can readily understand Jaffe's decision to go mobile. The development costs are alot lower and the audience is freakin' huge. While most mobile games ARE casual, there are some pretty good core games coming to mobile. Alotta 16bit-ish Japanese RPGs are flooding Android of late (I own Grinsia, Zenonia and Symphony of Eternity -they rock), along with good remakes of classics like GTA3, Sega Genisis' catalog and Doom. So core gamers are finally getting our due on the mobile front.

gino_pachino
gino_pachino

i hate mobile games(the only good mobile game is the old school game)........i and hate how the new gaming is going.....more and more motion sensor....more and more boring shoting game(i love fps but i love other kind of game to)....more and more p2p games finaly...more and more graphic for less originality..i miss the old school gaming....the only epic(not a good game a EPIC)game i played in the new gen was mtg4 and maybe skyrim......(warning tsunami of thumb down incoming caused by this earthquake of truth :))

Tauu
Tauu

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SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

Good. Thank you Jaffe for staying in the game and hopefully to continue making big titles. Thank you.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Whelp, twisted metal looks to be abandoned only months after launch. No buy for me. Sorry to hear that Jaffe, I know you wanted better for your darling game as well...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

David Jaffe and Massimo Guarini are my new heroes. I wish I was a fly on the wall when Jaffe heard what the rest of Eat Sleep Play are planning on doing. The quantity and standard of curse words probably would've disgusted Billy Connelly.

masakri50
masakri50

When I read the title I was like "come on jaffe." then after I read it I was like "atta boy jaffe."

MorbisDraconis
MorbisDraconis

This isn't changing my feelings upon purchasing Twisted Metal. I'm buying it because I've played all of them since the first one came out on the PS1 and love playing them. It's a shame to see the company go in this direction, but I'll stick by Jaffe.

SLAMMIN23
SLAMMIN23

does this mean even if this game sells well we ont see anymore twisted metal games

krazken
krazken

I think I speak for all of Salt Lake City when I say we will miss you, David Jaffe! Another game studio turned to lame (but profitable) mobile games.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Decided a while back I'd be giving Twisted Metal a miss - be interesting to see what Jaffe does next!

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

This doesn't exactly sound like a studio that's confident in the quality of its upcoming Twisted Metal game. I'll do what I always do when I'm unsure about a game's quality--wait and see.

Buddy53189
Buddy53189

yeah a lot of people cancel preorders because of this. should of waited after launch to announce this.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Lets hope Jaffe gets the Twisted Metal rights to do as he wishes from Sony. On Jaffes Twitter page he announced he has no interest in making games like Angry Birds and that he won't leave Eat Sleep and Play until Twisted Metal is patched had received the support it needs. The media doesn't half blow things up out of proportion..... Mobile gaming shouldn't even be called "gaming", it's predominantly for half-wits who are easily entertained and haven't ever owned any gaming platform in their life. Games like Infinity Blade 2 get 10s, it's a joke when you compare it to what the real gaming platforms offer, even in the handheld sector: Monster Hunter 3G, Resident Evil Revelations and Uncharted Golden Abyss. Mobiles capable of playing the better games are more often then not more expensive then a Vita and a 3DS, a basic phone costs nothing these days, want mobile gaming buy a dedicated system...

Antagonist8503
Antagonist8503

I'm just glad that they finished Twisted Metal and that Jaffe is still on board with ESP to oversee the later developments of Twisted Metal. Still can't believe some of these comments I'm hearing about Twisted Metal. Judging from the demo which is less than 50% of the final product, I can honestly say that it is as good if not better than Twisted Metal: Black and that game was awesome back in the day. The controls do take a little bit to get used to, but I can kind of justify the change, only because I like doing the quick turnaround and driving backwards while shooting missiles and lead at the opponent trying to off me. Other than that, the controls are somewhat questionable, but they can always change that if there are enough complaints. I'm predicting 9+, basing this off the fact that I think its better than Black in the regard that this game is the same fun, but on a more massive scale. You also get to customize your loadout, which I find effing awesome. People like ScaredySquirrel have probably never played a twisted metal game, but I'm guessing he doesn't even have a PS3, thus the envy...

firedrakes
firedrakes

man guy can never stay in a one studio more then 2 years

ScaredySquirrel
ScaredySquirrel

I think they are just aware that the game is total crap, I just played the demo over the weekend and I had to wonder if it was some kind of joke. The visuals are last gen at best and the controls are just idiotic. It's clear that they just didn't know what they were doing and that the studio has imploded before they even got the game out the door. I like God of War but David Jaffe is over rated!

jazilla
jazilla

What an odd time to announce this. Doesn't give me much hope that Twisted Metal is any good. That being said, I liked one of those games when I was a LOT younger so they probably weren't all that good anyways.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Honestly this guy made Twisted Metal and God of War. I hate how people think he's the second coming of Miyamoto. It also doesn't help that he is a huge prick

elby322
elby322

I guess someday there will be no disc-based games. Everything will be online to avoid reselling games. I'll miss seeing my games lined up under my TV. Maybe I'll just print pictures of them and make my own cases...

pszone
pszone

So changeing the name and going to moblie games. Moblie games are not the future Consles always will be the future and pc. But Sony lost an Exclslive studio and looks twisted metal series finish and they looking for someone to do god of war 4 oh well .

hyksiu
hyksiu

David Jaffe - Hmm I'm done here. Lets make another studio for my next project.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

Well it wouldn't be Jaffe if he didn't make some great games and then leave a company :lol: very interested in the talk about a san diego studio

decebal
decebal

In the iPhone market you can't resell used games. More and more devs will go that way unless next gen consoles prevent people from playing used games.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

How disappointing. Another esteemed developer goes off to make crappy mobile games.

endorbr
endorbr

"The rumors of me making casual games post [Twisted Metal]- as many of you define them- are highly exaggerated." - I don't think I've ever heard David Jaffe say anything this well worded and lacking in profanity.

Spacerac
Spacerac

Bad Jaffe. Bad. Go the Insomniac Route and make Eat Sleep Play Click (like Insomniac Click, it would be an entirely seperate sector with new jobs just for making mobile games while the already hired staff still makes console games). Or maybe he has become disillusioned writh the way the industry is headed these days. After all he did not want his lastest baby to have an online pass and it sadly does.

megakick
megakick

Casual gaming is the cure, low overhead, better chance to profit. Cause and effect. GJ buying used GJ.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

Mobile gaming certainly has its niche but for cripes sake, if I want a full gaming experience then I go to my console or PC. I've never reached for my phone when I wanted to play a serious video game. If they want to bring a full experience like that to mobile, that's fine. First, we need to address the battery life of our mobile devices when running a high demand game.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Hopefully David Jaffe will return as some point. Found another Studio and continue making games for PS3.