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Twisted Metal co-creator David Jaffe expected to leave Eat Sleep Play

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Outspoken Eat Sleep Play co-founder and co-creator of Twisted Metal, which is set to release next week, is expected to leave the company as it transitions into the mobile development market.

The company laid off eight employees last week, representing about 20% of the company, which now has 26 employees remaining at its Salt Lake City headquarters.

Speaking to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Eat Sleep Play co-founder Scott Campbell defended the company's transition into the mobile games industry.

“It’s a platform that is in our pockets almost 24/7. It’s kind of the size and types of games we’re playing,” said the company’s co-founder, Scott Campbell. “You can certainly reach a lot more people. That’s pretty exciting for us.”

Campbell said he hopes "it’s our brand of mechanics-driven gaming brought to these devices.”

As for Jaffe, who has been the frontman for the PlayStation 3 game Twisted Metal, he is also expected to leave to pursue casual gaming, Campbell said.

“He’s excited to go into the casual space as well,” Campbell said of Jaffe. “He’s got some projects that he’s excited about. So we’re kind of going down two separate paths.”

However, those words may have been spoken prematurely as Jaffe wrote on Twitter, "The rumors of me making casual games post TM - as many of you define them - are highly exaggerated."

The Twisted Metal demo is currently available on PS3, with the game set to release February 14th.

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