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‘I’d be very hurt’ if a new Twisted Metal game was already in the works, says creator/director David Jaffe

This past Friday well-known Call of Duty and Battlefield leaker Tom Henderson hinted on his Twitter that a new Twisted Metal game could possibly be undergoing development and released in the next few years. Although the tweet itself was fairly ambiguous, containing only a picture of recurring series main character Sweet Tooth, the homicidal, psychopathic clown with a flaming head who drives an ice cream truck and the caption “2023” underneath, many Playstation gamers inferred it to mean that a series revival was underway for 2023, especially considering Sony Pictures revealed back in May that a Twisted Metal television series was underway and a new Twisted Metal game released in coinciding fashion with such a project would make a lot of sense.

One important detractor to the idea however was Twisted Metal 2 and Twisted Metal: Black director David Jaffe, who claimed that he had heard nothing about a new Twisted Metal game being in the works and showed genuine surprise at the possibility that he would have zero involvement with such an endeavor.

Jaffe, who also created the God of War series and is now an active gaming streamer on YouTube, said in his latest video, “I don’t think I’m Sony’s favorite person right now, just because of this stream and everything, [but if the new Twisted Metal game rumors] are true I would be very, very hurt that PlayStation didn’t ask for my input at best, or at worst, at least let me know it was happening.

“These are the guys who reached out to me and hooked me up with the guys making the TV show… I don’t imagine they would cut me out of it. At least, at a pure PR level, so they could say [I was] involved.”

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Jaffe cited recent vehicular combat game Destruction AllStars, which was released on February 2021, and its less than stellar critical reception and financial performance as another reason why Sony wouldn’t pursue a Twisted Metall game at the moment.

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“I think Sony got a bloody nose financially from [Destruction AllStars],” Jaffe continued, “so I don’t think they’re sat around saying, ‘let’s try another car combat title… and let’s try one that historically has only done well in one territory’. I don’t see that.”

Interestingly enough, while Jaffe asserted his disbelief for a new Twisted Metal game currently being in the works, he also didn’t rule it out as impossible.

“I know a lot about the TV series. If you were to ask me questions about rumours around the Twisted Metal TV series, I could say ‘I really can’t talk about that’. But you’d know I knew about them. He added: “But in [the game’s] case, they might be making it, but I don’t know anything about it.”

Would you like to see a new Twisted Metal game by 2023, even if David Jaffe is in no way involved? Do you think the time is right for a new Twisted Metal game? Let us know in the comments.

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Ninja Gaiden was my rite of passage at an early age. After finally beating that game (and narrowly dodging carpal tunnel) I decided to write about my gaming exploits. These days I enjoy roguelikes and anything Pokemon but I'll always dust off Super Mario RPG, Donkey Kong Country and StarFox 64 from time to time to bask in their glory.

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