Sadly, the rumors were true.

As verified at the developer's Twitter page , Zipper Interactive is closing its doors after  a solid 17 years of making video games.

The studio that brought you the well-received and popular SOCOM titles, as well as the innovative and ambitious MMOFPS, MAG , has had a great impact on the industry, and we wish all employees the best of luck in whatever it is they decide to do. Here's the farewell Twitter message:

"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."

Over the past week, we had heard whispers of layoffs and a project cancellation at Zipper, which just released Unit 13 for the PlayStation Vita. At the time, there was no official information concerning the fate of the team but now, it's a done deal. The developer was also known for producing MechWarrior 3 and Crimson Skies .

We never like posting news like this.

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frostface
frostface
9 years ago

It's always sad to hear news like this. Personally I found them to be quite rubbish but that's personal opinion. Still feel bad that they're laying people off. Wish them all the best.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

They may have produced a mixed bag of stuff, but it wasn't that bad was it… I enjoyed MAG a lot when I had time to play it!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

so does that mean no more mag? that is not good news. they laid a bunch of people off last year guess that didnt save them.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I'm sorry to hear Zipper's gone.

BTW, according to the article I read, Sony stated that the Vita's "Unit 13" will continue with it's daily challenges.

frostface
frostface
9 years ago

Isn't this the 2nd dev team to go belly up after just releasing a Vita title? Bigbig studios got the boot shortly after releasing Little Deviants.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Eyes peeled for a Vita curse.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

"Well everybody… let's mosey."

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

*reference acknowledged*

😉


Last edited by Underdog15 on 4/2/2012 11:18:08 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Well this sucks… One if my favorite developers. Good luck fellas.

oONewcloudOo
oONewcloudOo
9 years ago

Its always sad to read about people losing there jobs but as a business decision Sony did the right thing there games were bad to average. Now Sony buy Thatgamecompany or Quantic Dream.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

You're pretty much wrong. Socom was what CoD is now, in the PS2 generation. Highly successful. MAG is one of the best shooters this generation. If you're not a fan of their games that's fine, but the industry just lost some great innovators..


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 3/30/2012 11:59:27 PM

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Socom 2 FTW! Best game ever. Didn't play any other shooter back then but that game.

oONewcloudOo
oONewcloudOo
9 years ago

I said as a business decision it was right, you can like there games as much as you what but the bottom line is they don't sell.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Bottom line is I'm not arguing whether they should have gone out of business or not. I wish they could have had another chance cus I've been a fan of theirs for a long time and seen the great things they can do. But you called their games "bad to average" I'm disputing that, and also saying we lost a great developer.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

and i never like reading news like this. real shame but their talented people i`m sure they will find work befour to long.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
9 years ago

How is Slant 6 still in business if Zipper isn't -_-

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

like Obisidian, they operate under the radar.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Bummer. Good luck to all of you Zipper families!

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
9 years ago

I still miss Psygnosis, which faded away after Sony bought them.

wolfsinner
wolfsinner
9 years ago

They're the ones behind the Wipeout and F1 series.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
9 years ago

Yeah, but the name went away and I miss seeing the Psygnosis owl logo.

___________
___________
9 years ago

as sad as it is, and i feel sorry for them, they have no one but themselves to blame!
this is exactly what happens when you release 3 meh games in a row!

shame, i really wanted to see a SOCOM HD collection, and then a return to the series roots a core tactical squad based game.
looks like the chances of that happening are slim to none!
🙁

JackDillinger89
JackDillinger89
9 years ago

Used gaming industry does it again!

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

I wonder what the Zipper people are going to be doing next.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Indeed.

PC_Max
PC_Max
9 years ago

I tried Socom off and on but they did not grab me. Mag looked promising but I realize I could not get in touch with my inner-mltiplayer. 🙂 With som many MP games out their, CoD and Battlefield the touch competition, its not surprising.

Hopefully something better will come out of the talent there and they move on to bigger and better projects with other studios.

Keep Playing!

Laguna
Laguna
9 years ago

I am sad for the unemployment but I didn't enjoy any of their games.

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

Loved MAG, it's probably my favourite console shooter although I stopped playing a while ago, I have some great memories from that game.

Super saddening.

firesoul453
firesoul453
9 years ago

I know a ton of people that were going to get socom 4 but didn't because of the psn downtime.

And I know that that a lot more people would have bought MAG if it had split screen and offline

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Why would an MMOFPS have split screen or have an offline mode? Should WoW have an offline mode?

Axe99
Axe99
9 years ago

Sad news indeed, best of luck to everyone who's looking for a new job.

LowKii
LowKii
9 years ago

Ok so what is happening with the Servers? I Just bought socom 4 a week ago. Am I still going to be able to play onlîne? MAG? SOCOM 4? Cant stand socom coñfrontation but I have a buddy who has to go on confrontation like a christian has to go to church. whats the deal?

LowKii
LowKii
9 years ago

Ok so what is happening with the Servers? I Just bought socom 4 a week ago. Am I still going to be able to play onlîne? MAG? SOCOM 4? Cant stand socom coñfrontation but I have a buddy who has to go on confrontation like a christian has to go to church. whats the deal?