PlayStation exclusive IP Twisted Metal set for comeback in 2023 - report

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The PlayStation exclusive car-combat Twisted Metal franchise might be making a comeback in 2023, if a report from the normally reliable Tom Henderson is bang on the Sweet Tooth.


Reports don't get easier to write about than this. Twisted Metal. 2023. Apparently.

Tom Henderson is often reliable with his reports on Call of Duty and Battlefield, and often refrains from tweeting or commenting on meer speculation. We would note, as well, that this would be releasing in conjunction with the Twisted Metal TV show that is slated for the same year. That could mean two things: perhaps the game and show became confused, or there will be a rejuvenation of the IP with a TV and game crossover.

We have to say, we have long been fans of the formerly David Jaffe-led franchise and hoped for a return in the world of Battle Royale titles. However, David Jaffe has poured some cold water on the news, without suggesting definitively that a new Twisted Metal wasn't coming out.


David Jaffe said he hasn't heard anything about the game but has been contacted about the show. We know the former-Santa Monica head has often had contact with those inside Sony. He says he wasn't in contact with Sony over God of War (2018) — a series Jaffe was instrumental in. "It would hurt my feelings — I would go "Jeez, man!", you know? Out of all the things I've worked on, [...] I still hold [Twisted Metal] near and dear to my heart. You don't have to call me and say you want me involved, just say, you know, "we're doing this," right?"

"If there is something Twisted Metal coming 2023, or something related to this leak, [...] maybe they're doing something aligned with the TV show. That is so aligned with the TV show, if it is a mobile game or something, — because they are doing mobile games now — or it's a narrative kinda thing based on a short game, based on the series [...] and so I could see them saying they've already talked to me about this."

What do you think? Is it a possibility that there is a game/show confusion? Or is it likely that there is a game so intrinsically tied to the show that Jaffe wouldn't have heard about it directly? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.