The upcoming Twisted Metal game will be David Jaffe's last project with Eat Sleep Play. He will be leaving the Salt Lake City-based developer in order to pursue unknown projects.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that the studio laid off eight employees last week. They're planning to focus on mobile game development after TM has been released.

"He’s excited to go into the casual space as well," Scott Campbell said of Jaffe. The two co-founded the company in 2007 along with Gene D. Martin. "He’s got some projects that he’s excited about. So we’re kind of going down two separate paths."

Casual games seem like a strange fit for Jaffe. He's best known for his work on Twisted Metal and the first God of War. Sure enough, Jaffe took to Twitter to say that his future plans had been mischaracterized.

"Never say never but I have zero plans to make games like FarmVille and Angry Birds," tweeted Jaffe. "I never said what I was doing post TM (and I'm still on TM along with ESP) for the next months as we launch it and balance it in real time and make sure it's a perfect game and continue to support it). At the same time I will be opening a game studio here in San Diego because I really miss internal game development. Happy to share more details later."

He adds that he's in discussions about "big, huge next gen game ideas." He's also considering browser-based games, which he describes as "action oriented" and "gamer centric."

Twisted Metal will launch on February 14th.

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