Zipper Interactive, the studio behind Sony’s third-person tactical shooter SOCOM is in the process of being shut down. According to Kotaku’s sources, the studio is being hit with layoffs and even had its project cancelled; with the scope of the layoffs essentially gutting the studio and indicates that it will mean a shutdown of Zipper.
Zipper, who started developing games on 1996, was the studio who created SOCOM and a few of the franchise’s iterations. Their first game for the PS3, the MMOFPS MAG, failed to live up to expectations given its scope.
Ironically – if the rumors are true – then the studio’s last game for the PS3 was once again a SOCOM game. The official fourth entry of the franchise aptly titled SOCOM 4, was released to good reviews but failed to light up the retail charts. Of course, the fact that it came out during the infamous “PSN Blackout” month can be attributed to its slow sales.
When contacted by Sony, the publisher had a standard “we don’t comment on rumors or speculations” response…which doesn’t bode well at this point.
Keep in mind that this is still a rumor at this point but here’s hoping that if true, everyone on Zipper lands on their feet.