Jaffe reveals more details about Twisted Metal, reacts to concerns from fans

Hungry for more knowledge about the upcoming PS3-only Twisted Metal? Then you should have been at Comic-Con this weekend, where creator David Jaffe led a panel discussion on the game and revealed important things like who you'll play as in single-player (Mr. Grim, Dollface or Sweet Tooth), whether the game will support 3D or Move (it won't), and what the cutscenes will be like (live-action, with voice-overs and lots of slow motion). Not content to stop there, Jaffe followed up on his blog,, on Saturday, showing off a couple of stills from the cutscenes (one of them obviously unfinished, with the promise that Sweet Tooth's head will be on fire in the final version). He also took a moment to react to concerns voiced by fans, specifically ones about there being only four familiar characters in the single-player campaign (the fourth being the Preacher, who apparently won't be playable).

"Please keep in mind this Twisted Metal single player and co-op will be more varied than ANY TM you've ever played," Jaffe wrote. "We are NOT doing GTA style missions or vehicle escorts and such BUT we DO have mechanics laid on top of the core campaign deathmatch that adds to the play varied so you don't get bored. We also have more bosses than any TM game. We also have around 35-45 minutes of live action and- when it's done- super cool stories in the game (more than- I THINK- we've ever done). So while you may be disappointed by the fact that there are currently no plans for Marcus Kane or Bloody Mary or No Face, please know that the one player/campaign game you DO get is going to be the best one we've ever made."

Jaffe went on to say that he and his team are looking at ways to "address the concern," but that it isn't clear whether or not they can do so with the time they have left to work on the game.

From what we've seen (and played) of the new Twisted Metal, variety - at least in multiplayer terms - doesn't look like it'll be a problem, as there seems to be a pretty robust selection of vehicles in spite of the limited character selection (and bear in mind that each character also has a gang of dress-alike henchmen backing him or her up). We'll reserve judgment until we've seen more, but what's your reaction? Let us know below.

Jul 26, 2010


  • Lycanthrokeith - July 28, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    As someone who doesn't play games online, the single-player makes it or breaks it for me. So with only four main characters, I'm not that optimistic. For me, it comes down to one simple question: Calypso, yes or no? Much like, to me, Alice In Chains without Layne Staley is not Alice In Chains, Twisted Metal without Calypso is not Twisted Metal.
  • Fuzunga - July 27, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    @sleepy92ismypsn I stopped reading after "boughten."
  • Thuperman - July 27, 2010 3 a.m.

    Ive only played twisted metal black from the series, but i liked it enough to want to buy this when it comes out.
  • HawtKakez - July 27, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    To be blunt, I was a little repelled by the changes mentioned in the Comic-Con presentation. As a follower of the Twisted Metal series, I have become immune to the attribute of a large character roster. However, whenever you really think about it, how complex or engulfing were the stories in the past? For me, as a possible minority, stories are my favorite aspect in gaming. I never mastered the past twisted metals but I was aimed to see every characters story. If they could concentrate their story telling to an impecable performance, I am ready for the change. I may be a little uncomftorable with this change but I can see how it can end for the best.
  • Ridgley - July 27, 2010 2:43 a.m.

  • sleepy92ismypsn - July 26, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Here's an old comment I wrote last month on my Twisted Metal story. No way I was gonna write it all again. Twisted Metal was my first game i got along with my first console a Playstation on my 5th birthday. I picked the game out because I liked the red car, semi truck and the ice cream truck with a flaming clown head on top. I’ve heen a hardcore gamer ever since. I’ve boughten every Twisted Metal game and every playstation at least once. PS3 and TM2 are my favorites of those franchises although I love all of my Playstation consoles and even the psp, and I love all the TM games in the series, yes even TM3,4 and small brawl. Ever since I heard about the message in Twisted Metal: Head On extra twisted edition saying Twisted Metal is on PSthree, a TM game for the PS3 has been my most anticipated game. You should have seen me from the time the taxi driver in the Twisted Metal debut trailer said car combat on the playstation until about 10 minutes after sony’s press conference was over when I started to calm down a little. I hope i can get my hands on this game early because sometime in 2011 can’t come quick enough. As soon as i get this game i will play through as many story modes as i can until i can’t stay awake any longer. Then when i wake up the game will be released and i will try out the online modes for the first time and play them and move up the ranks until I get to permanantly play as Sweet Tooth every waking second that playing i’m not playing single player or not in class. I start this fall at Southern Polytech. I’m going to get my game design degree and i hope to follow in Jaffe’s footsteps. I’m a huge God Of War fan as well. Has anyone else seen the 25 minute video that was on N4G last night of David Jaffe playing and commentating on the new Twisted Metal and he said there would be ranking up similar to Call Of Duty. I am excited about the story modes but at the time i am much more excited for the flaming chainsaws I mean the multiplayer modes considering that’s all we know about the game. David Jaffe has pulled off many spectacular single player games but I dont know if Calling All Cars had multiplayer modes or not I haven’t bought that game yet. I’m also not sure if he had anything to do with Twisted Metal Black: Online or the multiplayer modes in Twisted Metal: Head On. I have faith that with the technology of the PS3 and the brilliant mind of David Jaffe this could the PS3’s best game, Jaffe’s best game and GOTY 2011! It hasnt even been a week since it's been revealed David Jaffe says he and his team will reveal more characters,factions, MP modes, and I'm hoping the story modes will have plenty of characters from TM1, 2 and Black and beginning,middle and end movies like in black. This game WILL NOT dissapoint!!!
  • ManlyPanda - July 26, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    I'm sure more characters will come later as DLC.
  • Mr.Bizzle - July 26, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    The 3 Character single player thing has really put me off getting this now...
  • VaneTrago - July 26, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    @theetheethee - I completely agree with what you're saying. I really hope that for multiplayer, they have most of the other classic cast involved. I mean... What is a Twisted Metal game without Hammerhead or Thumper?
  • SumthingStupid - July 26, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    the photo of sweet tooth is real creepy, the scariest part was when i read the questions about supporting 3D and Move, the Move part scared me then i saw it wont
  • theetheethee - July 26, 2010 8 p.m.

    I'm one of those old-timey fossil fans from way back at TM1, and I think the problem of variety isn't exactly as Jaffe interprets it. I have no doubt there will be a variety of play styles to accompany the myriad vehicle types, and your Mr. Grimm/Specter/Whoever diehards will feel right at home controlling them. The real issue for me is a variety of tone. The variations in color, decor, and 'attitude' made each vehicle fun and fresh when you played as them...if you picked Outlaw, you really felt like you were the last bastion of sanity in this contest. Grasshopper felt like she was young and in way over her head, and Mr. Slam had that awesome "Michael Douglas in Falling Down" vibe. It just seems like some of that could be lost if your police car is on fire, covered in spikes, and being driven by clown-masked sociopaths.
  • Frootaloom - July 26, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    Hmm, I do feel like a larger return of the original cast of characters would have pleased a lot of fans, but in a way this kind of does give the series a fresh start that it needed. It might have felt to close to Twisted Metal Black if they went the gritty reboot route again.
  • R3DRUN - July 26, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    That photo of Sweet Tooth just reconfirms my fear of clowns.

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