Developer Eat Sleep Play is gearing up to release Twisted Metal on February 14th. However, some disappointing news comes out of the company today: David Jaffe, co-founder and creator of Twisted Metal and God of War, is officially leaving the company to pursue other interests in the gaming industry. In addition, eight other employees have been laid off from Eat Sleep Play.
Now, before you go getting all up in arms, it’s not because Twisted Metal is a crap game that Jaffe wants nothing to do with (or at least we hope). Instead, it’s being reported by the Salt Lake City Tribune that Eat Sleep Play wants to pursue mobile gaming on the iPhone and iPad, leading us to believe that that didn’t sit well with Jaffe. So instead of continuing to manage Eat Sleep Play as a curmudgeon, Jaffe decided to part ways with the company he helped create. At least, that’s how we’re viewing the picture with the information we have.
As for the eight other employees let go by Eat Sleep Play, it’s unfortunately standard procedure these days for company’s to cut down on employee size once their latest game is primed for release. Companies don’t feel it’s necessary to continue to pay a full staff of programmers and artists during the downtime between projects.
It’s a sad situation, but it happens with almost every development company, no matter how big or small. The remaining 26 employees at Eat Sleep Play will now gear up to tackle mobile development, a notion that is very exciting to them, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.
We’ll be back with more David Jaffe news once we know where he’s headed next. But you best believe when he gets there he’ll let us know in the candid manner we’ve come to expect from him.