Last week, David Jaffe, Co-Founder of Eat Sleep Play, announced on the Official PlayStation Blog that his current project, Twisted Metal would not be shipping on October 4th of this year as originally planned. While many of us gamers assumed that this decision was sparked by the impressive lineup that is approaching this holiday season, David Jaffe was quick to end this discussion as he stated that the reason for the delay was to further enrich the title allowing for a better experience. Read more to see my opinion on the situation and why I feel this will lead to a better launch for Twisted Metal on the PlayStation 3.
?Anyway ? it sucks bad when games miss their announced launch dates. We?re gamers too and we know how annoying it is. It?s disappointing and frustrating and it really takes the wind out of your sails if you?re a fan that has been looking forward to playing a title for a long time. Thing is, you gotta trust me when I tell you that ? with this extra time for tuning and polish ? the game is going to be so much better than it already is. And if you played Twisted Metal and liked it at E3 or Comic-Con, or if you get to play it (and you enjoy it) at one of the August shows, just imagine how much more fun the final game will be with some extra time, polish, and love.?
While Jaffe did not state exactly when Twisted Metal will launch exclusively on the PlayStation 3, he did state that it ?will ship early 2012?. I applaud David Jaffe for his decision to delay Twisted Metal until next year to provide us gamers with a better experience, but this decision will likely improve the success of the title?s launch and overall sales.
Knowing that the Twisted Metal franchise is not known to sell much over 1.5-2 million copies with each launch, the decision to delay Twisted Metal could not have been revealed at a better time. With blockbuster titles such as Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, and more launching in a matter of months, releasing any title during this time that lacks this popularity is dangerous, especially after spending a few years working on it.
Sure, Twisted Metal will likely not sell anywhere near the titles mentioned, but after hearing and seeing the responses when David Jaffe surprised us at the end of Sony?s E3 2010, I possess a strong belief that once Twisted Metal does launch on the PlayStation 3, that it will be the best selling title of the Twisted Metal franchise.