Today, Sony confirms Seattle-based Zipper Interactive has been shut down, as week-old rumors have foretold. The studio responsible for PlayStation exclusives SOCOM, M.A.G., and most recently Unit 13 for Vita closed this week as "a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment," Sony explained in a statement. Harsh.
If you purchased any of the three aforementioned games, don't worry about being unable to play online anymore. Sony has promised to continue supporting Zipper's three most recent titles. Here's the full statement that was issued:
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.
We have no doubt that SCE will find other studios to continue the SOCOM franchise, but we're still sorry to see Zipper go.