Zipper Interactive has shut down shop after 17 years in the industry. The Seattle-based development studio opened up in 1995 initially creating titles for Microsoft, but is most notable for creating the SOCOM series for Sony.
For about a week rumors have been floating through the air (as reported by Kotaku) that Zipper was getting hit by layoffs, and
“The scope of the layoffs appears to indicate a studio shut-down.”
As confirmed by Sony on Friday, March 30 2012:
“The closure is a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within SCE Worldwide Studios.” -Playstation Mag
Sony acquired, and added the Seattle-based development studio to their global development operation for Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) back in 2006. Sony also included that,
“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.”
Check out Zipper Interactive’s official goodbye on twitter, and show’ em some love!
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