After rumours of layoffs recently, Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed the closure of SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive.
SCE said in a statement:
“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.”
Roughly 80 employees at Zipper Interactive will be affected by the closure of the studio.
Zipper posted a farewell on its official Twitter account, which read:
“After 17 years it’s time to head off into the sunset. A sincere thank you to all our fans for everything you’ve done for us. Farewell.”
Our thoughts go to all those affected.