New PS2, PSP SOCOMs named, dated?

Source: A quickly pulled product page on EBgames.com. The official story: "As of today, we have not made any announcements for future SOCOM franchise products."--Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson. What we heard: The PlayStation 2 never had a first-person online shooter that was a...

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Source: A quickly pulled product page on EBgames.com.

The official story: "As of today, we have not made any announcements for future SOCOM franchise products."--Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson.

What we heard: The PlayStation 2 never had a first-person online shooter that was a phenomenon like the Xbox's Halo 2. However, it did have the SOCOM: US Navy Seals series, one of the most popular online third-person shooter franchises for current-generation consoles.

While the highest-rated and best-selling offline third-person shooter on current-gen consoles is the Grand Theft Auto series, the SOCOM series isn't exactly slouching. According to the NPD group, combined sales of all three PS2 SOCOM games tally nearly 4 million units. That success was passed on to the first PlayStation Portable entry in the series, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo, which has sold more than 435,000 units as of February 2006.

With that kind of track record, it wasn't a question of if SOCOM would return to the PSP and PS2, but when. If a short-lived EBgames listing is to be believed, "when" is this fall. The page (pictured), which was up today for a few hours before being unceremoniously yanked, showed one "SOCOM US Navy Seals Combined Assault." It listed that the game was due November 7, 2006.

According to the page, Combined Assault will let players "battle through an intense Area of Operation with multiple and diverse missions spawning within this deadly region." The game will have "new vehicles and weapons for single player and co-op modes." One of those modes will let four players play through the entire single-player campaign in co-op.

The product page also promised even more integration with another game--whose existence it revealed. The listing promised "more robust Crosstalk with SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2, including a single story arc, and all new action events and unlockables."

So is the page real? Well, the probability that EBgames.com was hacked and an entire fake page was put up is extremely low. The amount of detail in the entry means that it is impossible that it was a mere mis-listing of another product. Then there's EBgames.com's long track record of accidentally revealing games' existence before tightfisted publishers officially tip their hands to the public (Xbox 360 Burnout, Halo 2 Multplayer Map Pack). The odds are leaning overwhelmingly in favor of...

Bogus or not bogus?: ...not bogus.

Discussion

72 comments
-SS-SWEETOOTH
-SS-SWEETOOTH

Yea I would of thought everyone would be crazy about this game... I guess i was wrong. but I think zipper and sony did the right thing to not release it on ps3. 1. Sales might decrease. (cost of ps3 and socom would most likey be $60.00 for the ps3) 2.We might have to wait longer for it. (and i know people will say thats a good thing if your a glitcher hater, but no matter how long a game is worked on its gonna have glitches) 3.Why spend $500-$600 for a console and then a game thats $60.00. I can't wait anymore for this game! SOCOM RULES!

Spoon_Si
Spoon_Si

Plz... say No! socom 3 was laggy as heo...

UntoldDreams
UntoldDreams

Hey Guys... I think this is a strategic release. Remember that supposedly the Playstation HUB (to fight with XBox Live) is supposed to come out this year. It would be "STUPID" not to have Socom HUB support, right? I mean think about it if the Playstation HUB comes out and "no games" support it everyone here would be complaining, right? Socom 4 and Fireteam Bravo 2 are simply HUB ONLINE enabled versions of the game. That's my guess!

Kevevin
Kevevin

I loved the first Fire Team Bravo but it needs more of the features the console versions did, vehicles, bigger weapons list, etc. but i am satisfied with the online play and chat capabilities.

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

I never liked these games, played 2 and 3 at my friends house and there horrible!!!!!!!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Now that Sony bought them it is no surprise there will be a new game I can't wait to see what the next one on the PSP will be like and can't wait to hear news about one for the PS3.

husurdade
husurdade

hopefully the new one won't be a failure like 3 is.

boxcarracer565
boxcarracer565

the 1st socom for psp was sweet. A second one, with better features would be awsome.

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

A sequel to a succesful franchise, what a surprise.

Combat_Deity
Combat_Deity

Oh my god what fools!!!! whats the point of releasing a great glitch free game (im talking about the uk version, u poor mercins) only to kill it off with a pointless identical sequel, why not hold off the sequel for a while or at least make sure theres a difference from the previous version i.e. on a different console, preferably ps3.

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

this to show that sony is supporting ps2 for the games and ps3 just for movies. since they said its not a gaming machine

Raymin4
Raymin4

Awesome! But I haven't had the time to finish the first one for PSP....too busy.....I'll be buying it though!

thatguytony
thatguytony

More Socom is never a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned.

jokinjosh73
jokinjosh73

Hey TheKretinousQ, I don't know what you're on, or if you are just dreaming, but SOCOM is never coming to the 360. Why? Sony bought Zipper Interactive awhile ago. Just like MS bought Bungie.

yanks26wsw
yanks26wsw

Yet another good game coming to PS2

0diablo0
0diablo0

i wish it would come for ps3 but i will defently get bravo 2 for the psp!!!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

yay b-sequels... is Billy Zane doing the voiceover?

jman183
jman183

I dont want another SOCOM on PS2....save it for PS3 guys. People are STILL playing SOCOM III right now and they havent even released the map packs yet. However, I would not mind another SOCOM for PSP. That would be cool!!

XCyborgNinja
XCyborgNinja

idk if i think its bogus or not, but id be happy if it was real!!

Doolum
Doolum

Lets wait and see if this thing is for real.....

The_WestSider
The_WestSider

Wtf a new SOCOM already the 3rd one hasnt even been realeased over in Europe yet and a new one is expected this year!

TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

Definitely bogus. Games retailers would not be first to know about a new SOCOM game. It would have been all over the SOCOM forums, and it hasn't and also Gamespot would have known in advance. Anyway I heard Zipper Int is looking into next-gen forays with the PS3 and 360 versions of SOCOM 4. The next PSP version wouldn't just be FTB 2 because the crosstalk would have to coincide with the console versions.

Scarabus
Scarabus

I still think it's bogus. It's not the first time EBGames put up fantasy games/hardware

qgsho
qgsho

i just entered to EBgames site to see for myself about this rumor,and what i found out that they deleted the page about combined assault. i belive that some1 hacked to them or this page was up to the internet by mistake.

scotty15
scotty15

exxxcellleentttt.... *mr burns style*

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

I just hope that they will fix the bugs and malfunctions before launch. Unlike Socom 3, that game is a mess online.

yunghoodz
yunghoodz

DAM, see this is a good story, seems way too soon, i was also hopin fo the next socom to be on PS3, still a cool story wish i had seen the page

jessecarmack
jessecarmack

I don't think they'll find enough new content to add to SOCOM to make it worth buying. Co-Op will be fine, but it's not the heart of SOCOM. I don't think it'll be very popular. They've got to shift their attention to the PS3 already!

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

SOCOM needs to move to the ps3. It has been pushed beyond the ps2's limits already IMO.

jz4evr
jz4evr

at gamestop were taking reservations on the new ps2 and new psp fire team bravo. it should be at all store, call your local one. personally i think socom is now dead, thanks sony once again for ruining another good game.

DEEGREATONE1
DEEGREATONE1

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nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

This is way too soon, they should really wait before releasing this one.

ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

WTF way to soon. Socom 3 only Just came out...let it live im not made of money

abdu4
abdu4

they should just release the next one on the PS3

tirmothy87
tirmothy87

i think zipper should get more in depth with stealth in the game, a us navy seal in real life would never use so many damn un-silenced weapons!

steelcage
steelcage

I was hoping the next socom was on ps3.... O well

daigre7
daigre7

Didn't Zipper say that the next Socom game would be on the PS3 and PS2? With a release date of November 7, this could be evidence that Socom 3 could be a launch title for the PS3. We' will find out at E3.

Zarfus
Zarfus

I hope it brings back the roots, like 1 and 2. 3 was terrible IMO

bizsumpark182
bizsumpark182

Man, its too soon. Everyone needs to stop pumping out so many damn sequels.