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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.

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Sucks, MAG and the latest SOCOM weren't that bad.

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.
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The title should have rumor.

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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It is confirmed by Sony now. They will continue to support their games, including Unit 13 daily stuff.

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So is this officially the end of SOCOM? No more sequels??

If so, what a shame - but then again they couldn't get one right after SOCOM II so how many chances are we supposed to give them.

Battlefield is the new SOCOM. I just wish one of these non-sci fi based shooters would throw a hostage extraction mode back into their online component.

I can't be the only person who loved that variable. Now it's all "capture the flag" or "blow up the base" or some form of deathmatch and that's about it.

Blah.

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Hold on a second, Sony is going to put down their zipper? Oooooh, secksay!
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So is this officially the end of SOCOM? No more sequels??

If so, what a shame - but then again they couldn't get one right after SOCOM II so how many chances are we supposed to give them.

Battlefield is the new SOCOM. I just wish one of these non-sci fi based shooters would throw a hostage extraction mode back into their online component.

I can't be the only person who loved that variable. Now it's all "capture the flag" or "blow up the base" or some form of deathmatch and that's about it.

Blah.

I don't know why this would be the end of SOCOM. SOCOM is still a good brand name. I imagine we'll see another SOCOM game in Sony's future.

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