Kotaku is reporting today that Zipper Interactive, acclaimed developer of MAG and the Socom series, may be shutting its doors.
Rumors are swirling this morning after a report from Kotaku last night saying that Zipper Interactive, a Sony first-party studio, would be shut down. The word going around the grapevine this morning is that the company has gone through a huge wave of layoffs and had a next-generation project cancelled.
Zipper Interactive has been responsible for the highly successful Socom franchise. The franchise, which started on the PlayStation 2, had much success on that platform but, never translated very well to the PlayStation 3 after an ill-received Socom 4 which was released last year in the midst of the PlayStation Network outage. The company’s other game for the PlayStation 3, MAG, received mixed reviews despite being a solid shooter and was a victim of far too much hype. Unit 13 may end up being the last game developed by the company and was just released on the PlayStation Vita to generally good ratings and seemed to capture the creativity that Zipper was once known for.
Hopefully it isn’t the end for the once vital Sony developer however, we’ll have to wait for comment from Sony on this matter. Stay tuned.