We were worried that the name "Twisted Metal" had lost some of its mainstream appeal over the years, and sales of the new PS3 iteration may have reflected that concern.
Some would call sales pretty decent while others would say they were lower than anticipated. As for creator David Jaffe, he's sort of on the fence. In addressing the future of the storied franchise at his personal blog , Jaffe said Twisted Metal wasn't a dud but at the same time, it wasn't a big-time blockbuster by any stretch of the imagination.
"It sold fine. Not a dud, not a hit. When all is said and done, I hope Sony will be satisfied that it made a decent investment in the game and in us. But it was not a mega blockbuster or even a big hit (was it even a 'hit'?…not sure what is in between 'dud' and 'hit' but I think TM PS3 falls into that category)…"
As for whether or not a new TM will ever arrive, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. While Jaffe said he'd love it if Sony produced a sequel, he doesn't know if they will and even if they are, he's not on board for the project. Even so, he said he would definitely want to revisit the franchise some time in the distant future, perhaps after launching the new studio and bringing out a few successful new IPs.
The same thing may have afflicted Max Payne 3 , which scored even higher and sold even better, but still below expectations. The bottom line is that only older gamers have heard of these names and with casuals holding sway in the market, it's tough to convince the legions of younger fans that they should take an interest in "old" franchises.
Related Game(s): Twisted Metal