David Jaffe Will NOT Be Making The Next Farmville
The news that David Jaffe is leaving the company he cofounded, Eat Sleep Play, once the Twisted Metal cycle ends, while unexpected, isn’t that surprising. This is the gaming industry after all. But in case you didn’t know, yes, David Jaffe is leaving ESP. More on that momentarily. However, what is surprising is word that he’s planning to enter, wait for it, the world of casual games.
That mild shocker came out yesterday in an interview with ESP co-founder Scott Campbell published in the Salt Lake City Tribune. While discussing ESP’s recent layoffs and confirming the company will be transitioning to a focus on the casual market once Twisted Metal is completed, Campbell went on to suggest that Jaffe’s also planning to make casual games in his next endeavor. “He’s excited to go into the casual space as well,” Campbell said. “He’s got some projects that he’s excited about.”
Can it be true? Is the guy as famous for his profane outbursts as he is for his games really thinking about entering the world of lame Facebook games and Angry Birds? People rightly wanted to know and Jaffe was soon besieged with questions on his twitter feed. His answer: “The rumors of me making casual games post TM- as many of you define them- are highly exaggerated,” Jaffe tweeted last night.
Of course, it’s the “as many of you define them” that sticks. When you and I say “casual gaming’, we apparently mean something very different than David Jaffe. That makes any discussion of the topic moot until we at least have semantics defined properly. Whatever does he mean? “I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS,” he says, adding that “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’s something, but not much, to go on at least.
He does confirm that his new studio will be in San Diego, where he currently lives, stating that games are becoming too big to direct remotely (ESP is based in Salt Lake City), and that he misses working directly with a team. That studio has not been created just yet. He is still “talking 2 peeps”, and has 1 to 3 months left in his contractual obligations to ESP before he can get started on his next company.
Now the question is, what the hell does David Jaffe think when he says “casual gaming” if he doesn’t mean Angry Birds or Farmville? Probably something with a lot of swearing. But have at it, GameFronters! Speculate wildly in comments!