Jaffe on developing casual games: “One day I may want to make them”

By Johnny Cullen, Thursday, 9 February 2012 10:41 GMT

David Jaffe has said he could one day work on casual and iOS games, but insisted he’s still committed to core titles for next-gen and browser.

“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,” Jaffe told Game Informer at DICE.

“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 announced earlier this week he was leaving ESP following the completion of Twisted Metal to set up a new studio in San Diego for next-gen and browser-based core games.

He said to GI it could be as long as ten months before the new studio, its name and key staff are announced. If the new IP Jaffe is making goes to browser, he said he’d be looking at 25-40 people for the studio, but he’ll need “substantially more” if it’s next-gen.

Asked if it could go exclusive or multi-platform, Jaffe left all options open.

“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,” he said.

“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 launches in the US next week and in Europe on March 7 for PS3.

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