David Jaffe's next game is an F2P shooter

If there was ever any doubt that free-to-play games are here to stay, let it now be put to rest. Famed game designer David Jaffe has announced that his next project is a free-to-play third-person shooter.

The announcement comes just a few months after Jaffe finished work on the reboot of the Twisted Metal series he had been headlining with his former company Eat Sleep Play. Jaffe gained fame in the gaming industry for his early work in the 1990s on the Twisted Metal series, and for his work in creating the original God of War.

"I had people saying, ‘Hey Jaffe, we want you to come work on this big triple- or quadruple-A next-gen thing’ and the kind of team you need for that is very different from what we’re ultimately doing, which is a free-to-play, browser-based, third-person shooter,” he told Games Industry International.

Jaffe was his usual, quotable self in the interview and revealed much of what was on his mind regarding the F2P shooter genre. “I hate how it’s like the tail wagging the dog and it’s the business model and all about getting people to pay [with more micro-transactions]," said Jaffe. "You can listen to developers all day long tell you it’s not pay to win, but you know, it kind of is pay to win. I’m not saying they’re evil or they’re lying – but one of the things they like to say is pay with your time or pay with your money. Well both of those are really shitty.”

Hopefully now that one of big-budget gaming's most vaunted developers has made the switch to F2P we can finally put to bed the long-since ridiculous notion that F2P games are low quality. The world is changing, and F2P is here to stay. Let's hope Jaffe can push the genre to even greater heights.


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  • Axcleblade - June 9, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    Everyone else sees the old guy's face in the explosion at the top of the article right? Like the little light part in the middle of the central dark part is the mustache, then right above that's the nose and above the nose are two closed eyes and a furrowed unibrow. Tell me someone else saw that.
  • Cloudiology - June 10, 2012 6:47 a.m.

    Its the clown nuke from som PS3 advert..
  • SanosukeEiji - June 8, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    I don't know about you guys, but I don't have the notion that F2P games are "cheap" or "low quality." I've played some F2P games that are incredibly fun, engaging, deep, and graphically astounding. I can probably go as far to say that some F2P games are as good or better than some retail AAA games. Maybe the fact that they are constantly being fixed or updated is a factor, unlike retail games.
  • FOZ - June 8, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    TF2 wasn't made as a free to play game. There have certainly been improvements in free to play, but using TF2 as an example doesn't make much sense.
  • angelusdlion - June 8, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Yah, Jaffe has just been in the business for 30 years, he obviously doesn't know anything.
  • Travia220 - June 8, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Well, there are plenty of people who've been in the industry for just as long who really don't know much. However, with that aside nobody said he didn't know anything. The point was that David Jaffe hasn't accomplished much compared to other developers. I believe Valve has already beat him to the "F2P FPS that's not P2W." The problem with the Article is that is claims that F2P is considered cheap and games are not of "High quality" and apparently David Jaffe will change this "Mindset" when it has already been changed by many other developers in the F2P Market. People like Valve, Turbine, Riot, S2 Games.. many others who have released high quality F2P Games or turned their games into High Quality F2P Titles. We also have games like Mechwarrior Online that will be amazing. Tribes Ascend. It's great someone wants to get into the F2P market.. but the article is sensationalizing it. This is obviously part of the job when you do articles like this.. but meh.
  • Travia220 - June 8, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    I pretty sure Valve and many other developers have proven that F2P does not equate to "Low Quality Games." Nor do they always equate to P2Win. How is David Jaffe so special that he will over shadow these people? All this man has made most of his career are Twisted Metal games? Apparently David Jaffe > Valve? What?

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