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David Jaffe Speaks: Twisted Metal launches October 4th

David Jaffe's Avatar Posted by on Apr 08, 2011 // Video Game Designer/Director

Hey ya’ll! David Jaffe here – I’m the co-director and co-lead designer of the new Twisted Metal for PS3!

I know we’ve been kind of quiet about the game since our super secret E3 press conference surprise, but all that ends now! GTTV just launched our latest trailer on last night’s episode on SpikeTV. Did you see it?!? If not, click here. The trailer – called BROKEN – has brand-new gameplay footage as well as a first look at some shots from our live action, in game-cinematics!

I gotta be honest with ya’ll: I had NO IDEA how the live action stuff was gonna turn out, but MAN am I super amped! I think it’s pretty sweet! Take a look, let us know if you agree. And the fresh Twisted Metal news doesn’t stop there!

In a few days we’re meeting with press from all over the world to unveil two brand new levels of the game. At that very same press event, we’re letting folks go hands on – for the first time! – with Twisted Metal‘s super-unique NUKE mode. We’ve made some core design changes since we last talked about NUKE (at E3) and we’re very eager/anxious/excited to see what people think.

But wait – there’s more! Next week we’ll also be unveiling BATTLEWAGON! What/who the hell is Battlewagon? Just the coolest, baddest-ass vehicle ever to dominate the car combat landscape! This is a vehicle that myself, Scott Campbell (the game’s other co-lead designer/game director) and Kellan Hatch (Eat Sleep Play’s Creative Director) have been wanting to put in a Twisted Metal game since we made the very first one back in 1995. I think it’s gonna give Sweet Tooth’s ice cream truck a damn fine run for its money!

“Holy cow, Jaffe,” you say, “that’s amazing!” Yes…yes it is! But wait…there’s EVEN MORE! Wha?!?! Really?!?! HAI!!!!! Because ya see: a few days after our press event, we’ll drop the EXTENDED cut of last night’s TWISTED METAL launch trailer! This new trailer dives a bit deeper into the character stories of Sweet Tooth, Dollface, and Mr. Grimm. The new cut also gives a bit more info on just what that creepy tower at the end of last night’s trailer is all about. And we may even get our first glimpse of Calypso, the sinister mastermind behind all the pain, suffering, and chaos of the Twisted Metal contest. And that is JUST in the next week!

From now until our launch date – OCTOBER 4th, 2011 – we’ll be showing more and more of our hand in hopes that ya’ll are going to be just as jazzed and excited for this new Twisted Metal as we are! We can’t wait to hear what you all think! Thanks for reading and giving our game your time! David ps. oh yeah, watch the video. You’ll get an update on that Sweet Tooth action figure give away from last Christmas.

Didn’t even mention one of the coolest parts! We’ve just announced our launch date: October 4th, 2011! See…I TOLD ya’ll we were hitting this year! :)‬

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+ beastbarbour on April 8th, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

nice cant wait will there be a beta for us to get a hands on fill of it or a demo at all or a beta for us plus members?


+ Seeing_Red_Again on April 8th, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

Cant wait for October 4th, one of my most anticipated games this year. Do you think there’ll be a beta Twisted Metal?


+ Wipeoutt31 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:21 am said:

Let’s do this!


+ Butters360 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:24 am said:

How dare they censor David Jaffe! Anways, Twisted Metal looks amazing. From a gamer that has never played any of the original releases, this is is MINE.


+ pitythefool852 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:24 am said:



+ Mcmax3000 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:26 am said:

Look forward to trying the game out. I’ve never played a Twisted Metal game before but this new one looks really cool & definitely looks like something I’ll enjoy.


+ hush404 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:30 am said:

You are a goofy looking man, Mr Jaffe… but you make good games, so I’ll over look it :P


+ Robbie_G_lrish on April 8th, 2011 at 10:30 am said:

I loved Twisted Metal Black so I’m really looking forward to this. The live action stuff does look pretty good (not that I doubted it would). I always like hearing what Jaffe has to say because he’s actually passionate about his games and not just passionate about money.


+ XMbeaner on April 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:

Sweet a BSmith3258 figurine!


+ AmericanNinja1 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:



+ TacticsPrecise on April 8th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:

Hey Jaffe. Looking forward to the release, but I wish it were coming out in the summer!

I know you aren’t adding special features like 3D and Move since you don’t think they will add much to the gameplay without compromises, but how about SIXAXIS motion support? Games that have used SIXAXIS motion for controlling guided missile and /arrows have been cool, and maybe it could be used the same way in this title.


+ AmericanNinja1 on April 8th, 2011 at 10:33 am said:

Forgot to ask….will there be a limited or collectors edition for TW?


+ KwietStorm on April 8th, 2011 at 10:48 am said:

haha you’re the realest, David. I was a huge Sega fanboy when I was younger, but it was literally Twisted Metal alone that swayed me from Saturn to PlayStation. Never looked back. Can’t wait for this one.


+ Berae on April 8th, 2011 at 10:48 am said:

Its gonna be AWESOME!


+ ElektroDragon on April 8th, 2011 at 11:01 am said:

You wrote entire paragraphs without once using vulgarity! I’m proud of you, Mr. Jaffe! :)


+ Neil on April 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am said:

I love Jaffe.


+ Rhino136 on April 8th, 2011 at 11:04 am said:

Wow how did I miss that video last night, I know everything??????
Maybe cuz I’m not a huge fan of GTTV the website yes but not the show.

Any ways, the game looks awesome.


+ Airwalkinman17 on April 8th, 2011 at 11:13 am said:

Dear Eat Sleep Play,

Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know you guys have been swamped and hard at work and i just wanted to let ya’ll know that gamers, such as myself, are really excited to pick up this game day 1. I’m gonna go pre-order it today :D
I’m really excited about this game and all the multiplayer features that it is going to have. Once again, thank you for keeping it real and blessings to ya’ll.


+ Rav360X5 on April 8th, 2011 at 11:14 am said:

October 4th! Can’t wait to finally play a new Twisted Metal :-)


+ that-acmilan-guy on April 8th, 2011 at 11:17 am said:

The visuals improved alot since last build, Dear David, I am a huge fan of classic rock and heavy metal, can I listen to my tunes playing Twisted metal? P/S Listen to Saxon – Denim and Leather, Battalion of Steel


+ RavageHeitaro on April 8th, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

As a huge Twisted Metal fan who have been following every bit of news on the game since the E3 reveal, i must say that i’m loving everything you guys are doing with the PS3 reboot.

Love the emphasis on the balance of skill and strategy, the uniqueness of each vehicle, as well as the amount of effort poured into the online mode. October 8, i’ll be there day one for sure ;)


+ FearMonkey on April 8th, 2011 at 11:23 am said:

I can’t wait for this. I love Twisted Metal. <3


+ twistedfloyd on April 8th, 2011 at 11:27 am said:

Awesome Jaffe! Loving the direction, and the overall tone of the game. It looks mean, it looks brutal, this feels and is what Twisted Metal is all about!

My favorite part of the cinematics was when Sweet Tooth gets closer and closer to that girl. Simply epic.

Glad we’re getting more news! I was about to go insane without any more Twisted info! WOOOO!!!! Great day to be a TM fan! God just six more months. Can’t wait!


+ DeathGazer on April 8th, 2011 at 11:40 am said:

Sounds like the TM hype train starts now!

Loved the trailer. The live-action stuff looks great!


+ psuser95 on April 8th, 2011 at 11:43 am said:

I know what the f**k a CB radio is.


+ FeistFan on April 8th, 2011 at 11:55 am said:

Never owned a PS or PS2, so the franchise doesn’t hold any nostalgia for me…but from what I’ve seen, I’m excited about it! Looks like a blast!


+ gumi42 on April 8th, 2011 at 11:56 am said:

Hell Yeah Jaffe, been waiting for this for a long time. I can’t wait to check it out later this year.

I know you can’t tell us what they are but how many levels for multiplayer modes?


+ BoD_GodlessGOD on April 8th, 2011 at 11:57 am said:

I like David Jaffe, he keeps it real for real.


+ TheGuardianFID on April 8th, 2011 at 12:00 pm said:

I still have my copy of Twisted Metal Black, count me in!!! 8)


+ TheGuardianFID on April 8th, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

Oh and I already have that figure David, but you still rock lol!!! 8P 8)


+ BLAZER105 on April 8th, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

Does Twisted metal have a rank or level system? Is so what reward system does Twisted Metal offer gamers who complete the game objectives.
Jaffe talks about how a higher ranked player has an advantage over the lower ranked player. How can a reward system still be implemented fairly in Twisted Metal.


+ Dragun619 on April 8th, 2011 at 12:07 pm said:

David Jaffe = Real Talk. Yo, The trailer was short but great. I’m liking the Live Action scenes too. Looking forward to the updates rolling out in the coming weeks along with the Extended cut for the trailer.


+ Trioptical on April 8th, 2011 at 12:22 pm said:

It’s looking good and the live action snippets were especially stylish. Just goes to show that there is more people can do with live action.


+ Flip_971 on April 8th, 2011 at 12:33 pm said:

Looking Great!


+ JoeDuke4 on April 8th, 2011 at 12:35 pm said:

Yes TM! 10-4!


+ Detective-E on April 8th, 2011 at 12:38 pm said:

hey! you guys actually did my request! I thank you a ton’ PS Blog.


+ tomstockmail on April 8th, 2011 at 12:47 pm said:

Looks great. Live action went better this time around than in the original Twisted Metal it seems…


+ Firecrest on April 8th, 2011 at 12:48 pm said:

As a long-time TM fan since the very first outing, consider me hyped, Jaffe. There’s not a single doubt in my mind about whether or not I’ll love this game.

Also, seems like you really restrained yourself on the vulgarities there. How many cuts did it take? :P


+ BHK3 on April 8th, 2011 at 12:49 pm said:

That trailer impregnated me, and I’m a guy.


+ Sky-Rocketed77 on April 8th, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

@7 what does his looks have to do with him being a great guy? you fail


+ LilWayneSuckz on April 8th, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:


The game looks great


+ station3fever on April 8th, 2011 at 1:30 pm said:

Cryus i voted for you, i wished for
you to win on “The Tester”. In spirit i was there
when you got that nice $5,000 novelty check.
So when i say, i have a sweet tooth for “sweet tooth”
i’m mean make my wish a reality as i did yours :)
& remember, I’m a playstation Gamer.
You have to admit i made you smile :)


+ theultimatenub on April 8th, 2011 at 1:34 pm said:

awesome i have been waiting for news on this game!!!


+ spideyal on April 8th, 2011 at 1:41 pm said:

What I love about this is that my out of town work ends in October. So this release date slams down on pretty much a perfect time. I can buy it within the first two or so weeks, then just spend the rest of my year catching up on the videogames I missed and the mass amount of games being released.

Twisted Metal looks insane cool. Can’t wait.


+ Lugoves on April 8th, 2011 at 2:16 pm said:

Can’t Wait!


+ DeathJynx on April 8th, 2011 at 2:45 pm said:

Release on my birthday. How a bout. A gift special edition copy?


+ driver4_ on April 8th, 2011 at 2:54 pm said:

I can’t wait!


+ KidCommando on April 8th, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

lookin good. great post!

10-4 good buddy


+ D-Squad3 on April 8th, 2011 at 3:17 pm said:

When are the winners going to be announced? And how about a Collectior’s Edition?!!


+ Skater_Ricky on April 8th, 2011 at 3:39 pm said:

Freaking sweet now to preorder now :) love it can’t wait!

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