Back in March of this year Sony Computer Entertainment had closed down Zipper Interactive. Zipper Interactive is an internal game development studio for Sony that was responsible for games like SOCOM, MAG and Unit 13. When the studio was closed down Sony stated that there would still be support for MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13.
Recently, Shuehei Yoshida, the President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. released a statement regarding the SOCOM franchise. In an interview with Official Playstation Magazine Yoshida rekindled the SOCOM spark.
“It’s not done. We never definitely retire any franchise. It’s sometimes great to have a fresh look at the classics that we have.”
“We are launching a new Sly Cooper game this year after so many years. Never say never. I feel sorry for people who are longtime SOCOM fans, and there are many people who still play SOCOM 1 and SOCOM 2, especially those seem to be their favorites.”
Socom 4 was not met with much praise, earning only a 67 on Metacritic. Some believed that the SOCOM series was dead after that as SOCOM 4 failed to deliver. Then after the closing down of Zipper Interactive those fears seemed to becoming true. This statement from Shuehei Yoshida could be a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Also, Yoshida’s recognition of SOCOM 1 and 2 could help bring the series back to its roots that made it so popular. With Zipper Interactive no longer around it will be interesting what studio or team takes over the mantle of SOCOM.
Post by: Chris Robus