THE BUZZ: Sony has officially closed first-party studio Zipper Interactive, the development house behind the SOCOM series, MAG and Unit 13.
The announcement follows rumors that surfaced last week claiming that the studio had been hit with massive layoffs and a project cancellation.
Sony issued the following statement:
“Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm the closure of Zipper Interactive, a Seattle-based internal game development studio that has been part of the global development operation of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).”
“The closure is a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within SCE WWS. Zipper has completed all work associated with its most recent project, Unit 13 for PlayStation Vita. Zipper titles MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13 will continue to be supported, including the new Daily Challenges in Unit 13.”
EGM’s TAKE: Many feel that the SOCOM series has gone downhill over the last couple of entries, and it appears that Sony’s patience has worn thin with the developer. Luckily for players, all of Zipper’s games will continue to be supported, including the recently released Unit 13. Studio closures are never a good thing, however sometimes they are needed to safe guard parent companies. A few of the staff will probably be relocated to other studios under Sony’s wing, and we wish the rest the best of luck finding new employment.