Eat Sleep Play managed to rock the video game industry this week by announcing its transition to smart-phone development and the departure of co-founder David Jaffe. With Twisted Metal still a week away from sprinting onto store shelves, Game Informer caught up with the God of War creator to get an update on the outspoken developer’s future plans:
Scott [Campbell, Eat Sleep Play co-founder] has been itching to get into iPhone and Android games for a while. I love those kinds of games, but the article that ran in Salt Lake misrepresented me by saying I wanted to do casual games.
I love those games, and one day I may want to make them, but I’m very interested in the browser space as well as the next-gen space. But I will be on Twisted Metal until the end of March at the moment and probably later. We’re working on patches and playing the game all the time and tuning things.
Jaffe continued that it could take up to ten months before his new San Diego studio is announced. But the director stressed that timing will depend on the scale of the project, with Jaffe noting that if he decides to go next-gen he’ll need a significantly larger workforce than if he decides to make something in the browser space.
Of course, if Jaffe does opt to do the latter, it will mark the first time that the developer’s fully cut ties with his long-term partner: Sony.
Anybody who knows who I am knows who I am because of the kindness and faith of Sony. So I’m certainly loyal to that company. If they would like to have me I’d be honored and grateful to work with them.
I’ve always been very open about being an XBOX and Nintendo fan, too. It’s more to the point about who’s the right partner. But it’s very new. The equivalent is something like just logging into my new online dating account. I just signed up. There’s nothing right now.
Twisted Metal drops onto US store shelves next week. Europeans will have to wait until 7th March.