Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed to Game Informer that it has closed SOCOM, Unit 13, and MAG makers Zipper Interactive. The studio was launched in Seattle, Washington in 1995 and at the time of its closure it employed around 80 people. The fate of those people still remains unknown as of this writing, but we assume Sony did not let everyone go considering the importance of the SOCOM series.
"The closure is a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios," the statement reads.
"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."
Today's news confirms rumors late last week that the studio was closing.
Source: GamesIndustry International