We just reported on the Japanese Armored Core V delay, and now a co-op game that even more people are looking forward to has been delayed. I speak, of course, of the new Twisted Metal for Playstation 3.
Twisted Metal’s original release date was October 4, 2011. The date has now been pushed back to early 2012. Lead designer David Jaffe explains the motivation for the delay:
Now, if we shipped Twisted Metal tomorrow – going off the response from folks who have played it – I assure you, it would never be a bad game. Not even close. But we’re aiming for a heck of a lot more than that! With Twisted Metal we plan to ship a multiplayer classic. We plan to ship the best Twisted Metal ever made. We plan to convert a lot of folks who think vehicle combat is a relic best left to 90′s nostalgia. And we plan to explode the belief that the only relevant kind of shooter is a first person one (or a 3rd person one, where you play a human… with a tee shirt not all the way tucked in :) …).
In other words, developer Eat Sleep Play needed more time to fine tune the game and make sure it has staying power. Twisted Metal certainly has the potential to become a co-op classic with its co-op campaign, split-screen support, and online multiplayer.
For the full story and details about the slice of Twisted Metal that will be on-hand at PAX Prime, check out Jaffe’s post at the Playstation blog.