Zipper Interactive

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Zipper Interactive
Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment
Industry Software & programming
Interactive entertainment
Fate Closed
Founded 1995
Defunct 2012
Headquarters Redmond, Washington, USA
Key people
Brian Soderberg
Mike Gutmann
Products SOCOM series
MAG
Owner Sony
Parent Independent
(1995–2006)
SCE Worldwide Studios
(2006-2012)
Website Official website

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.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Games[edit]

Game title Year released Platform
DeathDrome 1996 Microsoft Windows
Top Gun 1998 Microsoft Windows
Recoil 1999 Microsoft Windows
MechWarrior 3 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
MAG 2010 PlayStation 3
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs 2011 PlayStation 3
Unit 13 2012 PlayStation Vita

Closure[edit]

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.[2][3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Announces further developer acquisitions". GamesIndustry. January 25, 2006. Retrieved January 25, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Sony quiet on SOCOM dev closure rumour". Eurogamer. March 30, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sony Closes Zipper Interactive". Game Informer. March 30, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013.