Eat Sleep Play's upcoming PlayStation 3 Twisted Metal title is sure to go down as one of the worst-kept secrets in gaming. Since the studio's formation back in 2007, rumors have swirled that the company was hard at work on a brand-new iteration of the series for the PS3.
According to Jaffe, he and the Twisted Metal team have always seen the franchise as a fighting game with cars. Like "Mortal Kombat vs. Unreal Tournament," he says. The new Twisted Metal maintains that, with its "cars as characters" philosophy, and its standard deathmatch and team deathmatch.
Most interesting, though, was getting a closer look at the game's vehicles, each with its own handling, armor, carrying capacity, and more. Jaffe explains that the team is looking to make each car feel like a character in a fighting game, and after seeing a few in action, it's easy to see what he means.
My personal favorite: an ambulance that lets you unleash a patient strapped to a gurney. Strapped to the patient, a bomb; players can guide the table on wheels to enemy vehicles as the patient struggles wildly to break free. We didn't see it in action, but Jaffe also mentioned an ice cream truck that turns into a giant robot. Seriously.
All told, they're shooting for roughly 12 to 16 vehicles, each of which can be driven or piloted by any of the game's characters. As far as returning favorites, Jaffe says roughly 40-50% of original favorites will be making appearances.
As dark and, uh, twisted as the game is, Eat Sleep Play's aiming for a "Teen" rating. It won't be as dark as Twisted Metal Black, but don't expect the same light-hearted comic feel as Twisted Metal 2, we were told.