Truth be told, when that ice-cream truck careened across the stage as Sony wrapped up their address at this year’s E3, we weren’t surprised. Not because creator David Jaffe had done a pretty (and we believe intentional) abysmal job at hiding the fact Eat Sleep Play were making an updated Twisted Metal for the PS3 – it’s the gaming equivalent of Ellen DeGeneres coming out, practically everyone knew the truth – but because, as a series that has performed so well for Sony over the years, it screamed HD update.
They also practically announced it as a decoded message at the end of Twisted Metal: Head On. Oh, and someone also told us it was real months ago. As Jaffe was having such fun lying his pants off, we didn’t really have the heart to rain on his parade. Also, see above – everyone knew it was in development already, didn’t they?
There is a misconception, and one that seems to be also held by Jaffe, that Twisted Metal games have traditionally underperformed over here in Europe. That may be the case – he’s likely privy to a lot more statistics on the matter than we are – but we’ve always been partial to some road rage on this side of the pond, despite the fact that the very concept of a vehicular combat game is intrinsically “American.” They do like their engines. And their guns. And their engines with guns on them.
The rebooted Twisted Metal will feature what you would expect from a game that puts equal emphasis on people driving and people driving over people. There will be four-player splitscreen along with 16 player online carnage. The final list of vehicles and characters is still be confirmed, though you should expect the old favourites. A sniper rifle and shot gun have also been added to the game’s already formidable arsenal.
Twisted Metal is definitely an acquired taste. For some there is nothing finer than racing around an apocalyptic world destroying fellow survivors like Mad Max on meths. Others, however, find little appeal in the sub-genre. To each their own, of course. You’ll be seeing our ice-cream van, on fire and unloading as much munitions as possible in your general direction in Q3 2011.