UPDATE: David Jaffe has leapt back on Twitter to clear things up a bit: "I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS. 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.
"But if I may clear this up: I was not laid off. I co-own the company. There were a few lay offs and they were very painful to do for all involved. I'm leaving because- again- games are just getting too big to direct from 300 miles away and I miss the day to day of working direct with a team."
David Jaffe, the outspoken (putting it mildly) developer behind the Twisted Metal franchise and original God Of War games, may be quitting triple-A development to pursue casual gaming titles if a report from the Salt Lake City Tribune is to be believed. According to Eat Sleep Play boss Scott Campell, who announced that the company will take a new focus on mobile games, Jaffe is "excited to go into the casual space as well" and has "some projects that he’s excited about," but they'll be following "separate paths."
However, Jaffe was quick to respond by suggesting that he won't necessarily enter the casual arena even if he does leave Eat Sleep Play.
"The rumors of me making casual games post TM - as many of you define them - are highly exaggerated." [Twitter]
'As we define them?' Interesting. We'll keep you posted.