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Report: Sony to close Zipper Interactive

Report: Sony to close Zipper Interactive

Mon 26 Mar 2012 7:27am GMT / 3:27am EDT / 12:27am PDT
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SOCOM developer faces project cancellation and lay offs

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Sony is refusing to comment on rumours that it plans to close SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive.

The report came from Kotaku, who said the company was facing both staff cuts and the cancellation of projects.

The company's most recent title was shooter Unit 13 for PlayStation Vita, but it also created MAG for PlayStation 3 and the SOCOM franchise.

Just 10 months earlier the studio laid off 33 staff in a move to "cut production resources."

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Just 10 month the studio laid off 33 staff in a move to "cut production resources."

the sentence needs more contextual information :)

Posted:2 years ago

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That would be a shame if true. I enjoy Unit 13 and MAG isn`t a bad game either.

It`s unfortunate that the last SOCOM games couldn`t life up to the first two games on the PS2 that where genius. Moving around stealthy and giving the team members voice control orders and it worked very well.

Posted:2 years ago

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The voice command addition was great, although I had a chance to try out the first game recently, and some parts of it really show it's age. The games always hemmed close to reality where it was easy to die and they were given contemporary settings, yet somehow it's popularity did not fully translate into this generation of hardware. 'Tis a shame.

Posted:2 years ago

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Yes it does show it`s age, but than again it came out in the first half of the PS2 life cicle. But it had a unique feel to it that was lost in the games that came under the Socom label out on the PS3. Some of that feel is present in Unit 13 where you can`t just run and gun, you have to be careful and take your time at least in some modes otherwise you are dead in no time. The realistic combat game genre is almost dead just like space operas, the only game that comes to mind and that`s good and still sticks to that is ArmA the child of the original Operation Flashpoint. NovaLogic was a huge provider of those kind of games as well. I wonder how long it will take until those games are going to come back big, because I don`t believe that they are dead forever.

What makes the voice command so funny is that ME3 has that only on Kinect just to help MS sell a few more kinect sensors.

Posted:2 years ago

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