Feb 8, 2012

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Changes At Eat Sleep Play Capped Off By Jaffe’s Departure

Changes At Eat Sleep Play Capped Off By Jaffe’s Departure

According to a recent report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Eat Sleep Play  has announced some monumental changes. The Salt Lake City-based company has cut ties with eight employees, leaving the company’s headcount at 26. The recent layoff, however, is only one aspect of the changes that are occurring with the Twisted Metal developer. Eat Sleep Play has also announced that there will be a focus on mobile gaming, with Apple’s iPhone and iPad being mentioned specifically.

When explaining the shift of the company, Eat Sleep Play co-founder Scott Campbell said,

It’s a platform that is in our pockets almost 24/7. It’s kind of the size and types of games we’re playing. You can certainly reach a lot more people. That’s pretty exciting for us.

To cap off the recent layoffs and change in philosophy, co-founder David Jaffe has announced his departure from the developer after the release of the upcoming Twisted Metal game. He addressed the rumors that surrounded him following his announcement, his imminent departure, and future plans stating:

I have zero plans to make games like Farmville and Angry Birds. I never said what I was doing post [Twisted Metal] (and I’m still on [Twisted Metal] along with [Eat Sleep Play] 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). At the same time, I will be opening a game studio here in San Diego because I really miss internal game development. Happy to share more details later. I’m leaving because–again–games are just getting [too] big to direct from 300 miles away and I miss the day-to-day of working direct w/team.

Twisted Metal is due for release exclusively on the Playstation 3 next Tuesday in North America, with a European release dated for March.

[The Salt Lake Tribune via Gamespot]