According to a rumor currently running on Kotaku, Sony-owned developer Zipper Interactive is being shut down.
Zipper Interactive was founded in 1995, and created games solely for Microsoft Windows until 2002. It was in that year that Zipper made a name for itself with its PlayStation 2-exclusive SOCOM: US Navy SEALs. In 2006, after a slew of SOCOM games on PS2 and PSP, Sony purchased the company and brought it into its first-party family.
Honestly, I think we're going to see more of this. Smaller studios just can't cut it in the AA-AAA game biz anymore. Twisted Metal was contracted out to ESP, but while the game itself is surprisingly pretty polished, they had issue after issue with the online components.
The studios that seem to be hitting the numbers Sony needs have 100's of employees and multiple dev teams.
The old school 40-50 ppl working on a game every 2-4 years ain't cutting it.
But no big loss, they can't seem to make anything that resonates well. MAG was a good concept, they should release it F2P on the PSN. SOCOM4 sucked, Unit 13 is a god concept, but will never sell. Sony should stop throwing money away, put it in developers that deliver. Hopefully the Zipper folks can get moved around in Sony or find new jobs quickly.
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