Gaming News: SOCOM Creators Shut Down

Zipper Interactive, the creators of the SOCOM franchise as well as MAG and recently-released Playstation Vita title Unit 13, have closed their doors after 17 years.

Sony pride themselves on their ownership of talented first-party studios, which include Naughty Dog (Uncharted/Jak & Daxter) and thatgamecompany (Journey/Flower), but Zipper Interactive has been shut down just six years after being acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment.

Zipper released their first game in 1996, and have since found success with the SOCOM: US Navy Seals franchise, with seven titles being released across two generations of PlayStation. The developer also came up with MAG, an online-only first-person shooter for up to 256 players, along with Unit 13, which is currently one of the only shooters of its kind available on Sony’s new handheld console the PlayStation Vita.

There is no news as of yet on whether the SOCOM franchise will be sold to another studio, but the prospect of another game in the series now looks pretty bleak. The developers tweeted a farewell message to fans, saying that “after 17 years it’s time to head off into the sunset. A sincere thank you to all our fans for everything you’ve done for us”.

Here’s hoping that the talented team at Zipper Interactive find new work in game development soon.

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