The Twisted Metal reboot designs that got scrapped

David Jaffe’s Twisted Metal reboot looks raw, dirty, and kind of awesome. But it didn’t start out that way on the drawing board. The latest issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine dives deep into the upcoming car-on-car combat exclusive for the PS3, revealing the original designs that wound up getting scrapped.

Speaking to PTOM, Twisted Metal producer Scott Campbell explains the reasoning behind the change. “We started with a very sleek, sexy, stylish universe that nobody would look at and think, ‘that’s the new Twisted Metal,’ said Campbell. “More likely, they’d think it was Midnight Club or something. It was a cool style, but it wasn’t really sitting well with us. There was a lot of pressure on Dave and I to give the game more international appeal and so we came up with an art style that would cross the different territories. We also wanted to take a big jump, like we did with Twisted Metal: Black on PS2,” continues Campbell. 

Above: The original character art for Sweet Tooth (left). The revamped Sweet Tooth as seen in the latest Twisted Metal commercial (right)

You’ll find all that and more in the November issue of PTOM. The giant 10-page feature on the Twisted Metal reboot is packed with behind-the-scenes details from David Jaffe, as well as a close look at the game’s multiplayer modes and singleplayer campaign.

Above: If the November cover for PTOM looks even better than usual, it’s because the magazine has gone through a major redesign for your page-flipping pleasure

Above: A teaser for the Twisted Metal reboot

Look for the November issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine on newsstands on September 29.

Sep 23, 2010 

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  • PipBowl420 - September 24, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    man.... im so glad that the developers didn't just butcher the games originality of it's characters (as game developers happen to be doing lately). I played Twisted Metal on PS1, and a bit on PS2, and they're all absolute PS-Classics! The idea thay they were gunna take something such as SweetTooth, and turn him into some "cool" lookin black dude in a suit n tie is more horrifying than sweet-tooth himself.. Why do developers completely butcher what made their games such classics? C'mon man..
  • hybr1dgamerx - September 24, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    i gotta admit i laughed hard when i saw that picture on the left XD
  • sleepy92ismypsn - September 24, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    Twisted Metal is my most anticipated game. This is old news. Oh it's from PTOM that's why. I hope my subscription doesn't end this month because I have to have that issue with Twisted Metal on the cover.
  • dorrick - September 24, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    Wow and the racist come flocking.
  • Shagnasty - September 24, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    If I wanted to play as a jungle bunny, I'd play a Def Jam game.
  • Romination - September 24, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    You KNOW I'm more intrigued by the way it could have turned out. Sweet Tooth would basically be the Candyman, and that's intriguing.
  • Scotch - September 24, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    as someone who never played the original; the new one looks like a confusing gray clusterfuck.
  • NightCrawler_358 - September 24, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    Thats the latest trailer? thats the E3 trailer! right? anyways, so pumped, i actually like how each character can have anycar and respawn differently. I just hope they go for a hardcore metal-rob zombie thing as well as creepy and dark. Mix the ps1 series with Black!
  • QWERTYCommander - September 24, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    So they almost took a psychotic clown, and replaced him with what looks like some guy that could star in a shoe commercial? glad they switched back.
  • SanjiTheShining - September 24, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    What the hell? The one on the left just looks like a wannabe rapper with a stupid tattoo, not the insane clown ice cream man everyone loves
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 24, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Why was the original Sweet Tooth design basically Mike Tyson? Also, not that excited about the new TM. I'm totally done with that style of car combat.
  • inyoface024 - September 24, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    i thought the original was just SEAL with flame tattoos. Possibly to cover that crap he has on his face.
  • MrSuitMan - September 24, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Man that TRAILER!! The music's got me PUMPED!
  • IAMSONOTWORTHY - September 24, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    Multiplayer looks awesome. Wana get it now.
  • Jacko415 - September 23, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    So they were going to turn a psychotic clown... into a pimp who looks kinda like mike tyson...
  • mattzzz25 - September 23, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Thats a crazy diffrence. F!

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