After an uncomfortable week of rumours, Sony has officially announced that first-party studio Zipper Interactive has been shut down. The developers behind the SOCOM series, MAG and Unit 13 fell victim to a "normal cycle of resource re-alignment," which presumably means that many of the 80 employees may be found new positions within Sony Computer Entertainment.
SCE made the closure official in a statement to GameInformer.
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. The closure is a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within SCE WWS.
However, Sony will continue to support multiplayer functionality - including daily challenge features - for Zipper Interactive titles.
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.
As always, we wish the very best of luck to the affected personnel. Zipper's final game, Vita shooter Unit 13, gained a worthy 7/10 from Brendan in our full review.