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Zipper Interactive, the Seattle-based developer behind the SOCOM series as well as MAG and the PS Vita launch window title Unit 13, has been officially shut down, Sony confirms in a statement delivered to Game Informer. The closing is "a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment," the statement reads.
The studio's most recent release is Unit 13, which came to the Vita on March 6, 2012, just a week after the handheld's U.S. release. Zipper created the SOCOM series, starting with the 2002 release for PlayStation 2 and culminating in 2011's SOCOM 4. MAG arrived a year earlier, in 2010, bringing grand-scale multiplayer action to the PlayStation 3 with its 256-player matches.
Hit the jump for the full text of Sony's official 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.
Game Informer notes that Zipper housed approximately 80 employees. The mention of "resource realignment" suggests that at least some of those employees were reassigned to other projects/studios, though Sony offers no details on how the closure is being handled.