The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, the studio formed by God of War creator and Twisted Metal designer David Jaffe, has had its next video game project canceled. As a result, the majority of the gaming division at Bartlet Jones has been laid off. Jaffe made the announcement himself on Twitter, though he didn’t offer specifics on what the project was or who exactly made the decision to cancel it.
Jaffe’s language in his Tweet, which can be seen below, could be interpreted a couple of different ways. It’s possible that Jaffe himself made the call to cancel the project, though he says “we’ve had a project canceled,” which somewhat suggests that the decision was not his to make. If so, then it’s possible that the game was in development as part of a deal with a publisher.
Wanted y'all2hear it from me before anyone else:we've had a project canceled and have been forced2lay off the vast majority of the Bartlet Jones staff gaming division. More news2come but for now, that's what's up.Heart's breaking4the amazingly talented crew that's out of work :(.
— David Jaffe (@davidscottjaffe) January 23, 2018
If so, then it stands to reason that the game was in development as part of a collaboration with Sony. After all, David Jaffe has never strayed far from the PlayStation brand, only working on other systems in the earliest days of his career. It’s certainly possible that his next game was in development for system besides the PS4, but it would be the first time Jaffe made a game for a non-PlayStation console since 1994.
There’s a chance we will learn the platform of Jaffe’s canceled game in the near future. In his tweet, Jaffe promises that more news is to come, so perhaps we will learn not only what platform the game was in development for, but what kind of gameplay it would have featured as well.
Unfortunately, the first game from Jaffe’s Bartlet Jones studio failed to make much of an impression on the gaming community, and its failure could very well have factored into the studio canceling its next game and laying off the bulk of its staff. The game in question is Drawn to Death, a multiplayer-focused arena shooter that released as a free PS Plus game in 2017, but earned widespread negative reviews.
We wish everyone who lose their job at The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency the best of luck in continuing their video game development careers.