Sony has confirmed that it hasn’t killed off the SOCOM franchise even after the closure of its developer, Zipper Interactive, saying that a popular series like this shooter one is never dead.
Sony made a surprise announcement earlier this year when it confirmed that its internal Zipper Interactive
studio was shutting down, after producing quite a few big shooters like MAG on the PS3, Unit 13
on the PS Vita, or the long-running SOCOM franchise.
These properties won’t be lost along with the closure, however, as Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, told OPM US, via CVG
, that a successful franchise will never be killed by the company.
"IS SOCOM done? It's not done,” he said. “We never definitely retire any franchise. It's sometimes great to have a fresh look at the classics that we have. I feel sorry for people who are longtime SOCOM fans, and there are many people who still play SOCOM 1 and SOCOM 2 especially; those seem to be there favorites."
Expect to hear more about the fate of the SOCOM franchise in the future.