Sony confirms the rumor going around that Zipper Interactive was going to close. Sad news indeed, the SOCOM creators' last game was Unit 13 for the PS Vita.
GameInformer was given a statement by Sony to confirm the close:
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.
While Zipper Interactive wasn't the best game developer out there, they are still the creators of the beloved SOCOM franchise and did fairly well with it. They also created MAG which earned a positive reception when it was released back in 2010. Zipper Interactive had 80 employees.
It's good to know that Sony is still supporting games such as SOCOM 4, MAG and the recently released Unit 13.