|Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Industry||Software & programming
|Headquarters||Redmond, Washington, USA|
SCE Worldwide Studios
Zipper Interactive was an American video game developer located in Redmond, Washington and part of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. It was founded in 1995 by Jim Bosler and Brian Soderberg. It created many different games, including the popular SOCOM (U.S. Special Operations Command) series of games. SOCOM was created in collaboration with the Naval Special Warfare Command and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2. On January 25, 2006, Sony announced that it had acquired Zipper Interactive to add it to its group of development studios.
Zipper Interactive was founded in 1995 by Brian Soderberg and Jim Bosler. They were best known for their successful SOCOM U.S Navy SEALS games series for Sony’s PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation 2.
In 2006, after these successful releases that sold over 10 million copies worldwide, Zipper Interactive was acquired by Sony.
In 2010, they released their massively-multiplayer modern military first person shooter called MAG, short for Massive Action Game.
|Game title||Year released||Platform|
|Top Gun||1998||Microsoft Windows|
|MechWarrior 3||1999||Microsoft Windows|
|MechWarrior 3: Pirate's Moon||1999||Microsoft Windows|
|Crimson Skies||2000||Microsoft Windows|
|SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs||2002||PlayStation 2|
|SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs||2003||PlayStation 2|
|SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs||2005||PlayStation 2|
|SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo||2005||PlayStation Portable|
|SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault||2006||PlayStation 2|
|SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2||2006||PlayStation Portable|
|SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||2011||PlayStation 3|
|Unit 13||2012||PlayStation Vita|
On March 29, 2012, Sony announced that it would be closing Zipper Interactive due to "resource re-alignment." The closure of Zipper Interactive was later confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment the next day on March 30, 2012. Prior to its closure, Zipper Interactive were working on two unannounced titles for the PlayStation 4 before both projects were cancelled once the closing was complete. One was another entry in the SOCOM series, and the other was a first-person shooter meant to be a new IP.
- "Sony Announces further developer acquisitions". GamesIndustry. January 25, 2006. Retrieved January 25, 2006.
- "Sony quiet on SOCOM dev closure rumour". Eurogamer. March 30, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- "Sony Closes Zipper Interactive". Game Informer. March 30, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
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