David Jaffe has addressed the worries of some Twisted Metal fans about the way characters are being handled in Twisted Metal, the forthcoming PS3 incarnation of his vehicular combat series.
"We hear you!" Jaffe wrote on his blog. He explained in the post, and in a couple of subsequent comments, that some fans were disappointed that only three classic Twisted Metal characters would be available to play in the single-player campaign mode.
He reassured fans that the depth of the stories and variety of gameplay in the campaign would make up for this. "Please keep in mind this Twisted Metal single player and co-op will be more varied than ANY TM you've ever played," Jaffe said.
"We are NOT doing GTA style missions or vehicle escorts and such BUT we DO have mechanics laid on top of the core campaign deathmatch that adds to the play varied so you don't get bored. We also have more bosses than any TM game. We also have around 35-45 minutes of live action and- when it's done- super cool stories in the game (more than- I THINK- we've ever done)."
Jaffe stressed that the development team took the complaints seriously and would attempt to redress the balance. "Can we make those adjustments to the game in the time we have left? Not sure, no idea," he said. "But for those who respectfully voiced your issue, it is appreciated, the development and publishing team is aware of your issue, and we are looking to see if there is anything we an do about it. No promises at all."
Fans also didn't like the fact that characters could change cars and thus drive each other's iconic vehicles, Jaffe said in the comments. This he had no plans to change
"This is not changing. We like this, we think it's cool. We appreciate the fans do not like it and respect their views but we think things like [Sweet] Tooth on a motorcycle is f***ing neat." Some fans had suggested a game mode where cars are locked to characters, and this was under consideration, Jaffe said.
Twisted Metal, first revealed at E3 last month, will be released in 2011. Check out our E3 hands on for more.