David Jaffe Does Not Care About Next-Gen Consoles

Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe “couldn’t care less” about the next-gen consoles [PS4 and Xbox 720]. Jaffe explained the he has been around long enough to realize that gameplay innovation is more important than pretty graphics or faster processors.

I started at Sony Imagesoft doing Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games, and I went through that to PS1, then PS2, PS3, Vita. You go through the cycle enough and you realize today’s ‘Oh my God’ is tomorrow’s ‘Ehh, whatever’. Ultimately, this is all going to be yesterday’s news and it’s about the experience, the game,” Jaffe said while talking of the next-gen rumors.  “Unless we’re talking about holodecks, or AI that’s so amazing it can actually write a compelling story around you procedurally based on your choices, I’m not interested.

Jaffe also pointed out a largely ignored factor about increased budgets that would arise as a result of new consoles.

I’m no longer that excited about next-gen technology. It means budgets go up,” Jaffe said.  “It sucks. The biggest thing I want is what you get from the PSP and the 3DS. It’s always on, there’s a sleep mode, and I can just hit a button and I’m right back where I was and I don’t have to go through all the boot-up mess.

There have been other developers that have stated about not having interest in the next-gen consoles. After rumors arose that the Xbox 720 may contain technology to prevent used games from being played, Volition developer James Durall approved of such technology saying it would be a “fantastic change” for the gaming industry.  Shortly after, Inversion developer Matthew Karch said such an idea would be bad for the industry citing the games is the only industry toying with the idea of not allowing people to take advantage of “used copies”.

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