Late last Friday, Sony confirmed what many in the industry were speculating: the publisher has officially shuttered Zipper Interactive, the company responsible for the SOCOM series.
In a statement issued to the press, Sony said:
"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."
Over the years, Zipper has been an instrumental studio in Sony's portfolio. Not only did they create the vastly popular SOCOM series, but they also created MAG and supported Sony's new handheld, the Vita, during its launch window with Unit 13. Granted, recent Zipper projects have not been received too favorably, which probably played a part in Sony's decision to close the Seattle-based studios' doors.
Zipper Interactive was home to roughly 80 employees. We wish them the best of luck in finding solid footing from here on out.