Leading up to E3 Eat, Sleep, Play’s David Jaffe vehemently denied that he was working on a new Twisted Metal game, but near the end of Sony’s E3 press event last week Jaffe revealed that a new Twisted Metal game was in the works for the PlayStation 3. Later Jaffe would reveal that he had been working on the game for well over 18 months. Some in the press called him out for his blatant disregard for the truth.
Speaking to Joystiq this week, Jaffe defended his decision to lie, saying that the importance of keeping his project a secret was more important than being honest with media outlets looking for confirmation. But the lie was further perpetrated by a blatant game of misdirection as Jaffe lamented about not working on a new Twisted Metal game on Twitter. In the tweet he said that he "wished" he was working on Twisted Metal because "making a game you’ve already worked on is tons easier" than working on a new property. Well it turns out that he was in fact working on Twisted Metal at the time he wrote.
So what did Jaffe have to say in his defense? On lying he said:
"Sony called about four months ago and said, ‘Let’s make Twisted a surprise and let’s close the show with it.’ I was like, ‘Hell yeah! Let’s do that.’ But it kind of necessitated being kind of sneaky about it. To me, giving fans an actual genuine E3 surprise was more valuable than sort of being totally honest when people ask me questions. And people say to me, ‘Well, you could have said no comment.’ I’m like, ‘No comment is the same as saying … it’s what people say when they don’t want to answer you."
And on the tweet meant to further deflect questions on Twisted Metal:
"Well, that Twitter was an intentional misdirection to get people to think I was working on something else and not Twisted Metal," Jaffe explained. "Every game is a new game. Every game has its challenges and so the new Twisted, until we got out of that truck yesterday and started showing the game and then showed the nuke level, we were nervous."
While some in the press are irritated by Jaffe’s lies, fans are taking it in stride. Fans are certainly a forgiving lot – especially when the developer is working on a franchise they love..