SOCOM 4 Zipper-ed

[UPDATE] Sony's shooter franchise returns to original developer; will sport full single-player campaign and 32-player multiplayer.

To many fans of the SOCOM series, 2008's SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation was a disappointment. Developed by Slant Six, the shooter series' multiplayer-only PlayStation 3 debut was heavily criticized for rampant technical issues. Many wished it would return to the hands of original developer Zipper Interactive, which was busy working on the 256-player multiplayer shooter MAG at the time.

Zipper is retaking the SOCOM series' reins.

Well, wish granted. Today Sony announced via the PlayStation Europe Blog that a new SOCOM is in the works at Redmond, Washington-based Zipper. Reassuring those turned off by Confrontation that the game has been "created from the ground up," Sony also revealed the plot of the series' first single-player player campaign on the PS3.

[UPDATE] Officially named by the US PlayStation Blog later in the day, SOCOM 4 will be set in Southeast Asia after a revolution endangers a vital shipping lane similar to the Strait of Malacca. Players assume the role of the commander of a five-man squad of NATO commandos dispatched to prevent international trade from being disrupted. Their mission will only last six days, a time limit that Sony says will add urgency into the campaign.

As always, SOCOM 4 will have an extensive multiplayer component, allowing for teams of players to shoot it out in 32-player matches. Terrain types will include a hostile jungle and half-ruined cities.

Sony did not offer a launch date for SOCOM 4 but did say a teaser trailer would arrive this week.

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181 comments
whataguy69
whataguy69

i hope most of you are right about Zipper being better at developing Socom.

advanracer
advanracer

I hope this is as fun as Gears but with big maps..vehicles..finely detailed weapons..and of course..CUSTOMIZATION on Both Character and Weapons. oh yeh... a good Long Campaign..like Socom 2 and 3..Nothing like Travelling and fighting in all climates. Glad you're Back Zipper!! Home with the Socom Franchise. =] It's Good to Have The Goods =]

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

MAg was epic. Zipper knows what they are doing.

jogunther
jogunther

Once again. Confrontation was developed by a different company. As in, this will be ground up rebuilt by Zipper. AKA point of entire article(besides backround info).

akhauskinz
akhauskinz

As long as it doesn't take 30 minutes to get a good suppression match going like Confrontation, I think this game could do really well.

kuroshiro99
kuroshiro99

Sony's own gears of war-esque tactical cover based shooter.. minus the fantasy setting.. this is was all that was left for Sony's arsenal of AAA exclusives.. im already anticipating mind blowing graphics from this game..

UnknownElement4
UnknownElement4

I shall be looking forward to this. Zipper makes good games.

JacksonsGames
JacksonsGames

YES! FINALLY! I have been very hungry to play a new Socom campaign, and now with 32 player online! It's going back to its old roots. That's what I like about this.

Lou_Menace
Lou_Menace

Elaborate customizable players and weaponry. Would love facial mapping and more detailed weaponry.

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

Happy to see Zipper is staying PS3 exclusive. Not a tactical shooter fan but on IGN they mentioned that it will have a 12 hour long single-player. This turned me twords being interested since Im sick of 2 hour long story modes (MW2 *cough*)

acsam12304
acsam12304

if Zipper does it right. we will start to get a lot of tactical shooters again like what happened in the PS2 times. what i think is that SOCOM on the PS2 really brought fun game play with tactics and that made all the other companys to rethink and make a tacitcal shooter instead of just an other run and gun shooter. like a lot of games are now and days. *cough* MW2..*cough* and ghost reson well the 1st few were the best ghost recon games there was. it felt like i was playing SOCOM. i just wish all the game companys will just stop and look back on how they got so big with the last game consoles. and just try to bring back what they have done but make it a little better and add just better graphics and a good story line so gamers wont be like "wait.. why are we on this mission again?"

jogunther
jogunther

A slightly enhanced version of Socom: Combined Assault( as long as the graphics are really good) will be the best shooter. Rivaling my new favorite Modern Warfare 2.

oflow
oflow

agreed. Change the interface back to the exact same one that was in Socom 2, with the same gameplay (minus all the stupid hackers that ruined the game) add some new maps and add all of the old maps from Socom 2 (Rats Nest et al) with the newer graphics and Socom 4 would be the best shooter ever.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Socom was an awesome game and I own a 360!! good to see it return to the studio that made it great, now if we can only get Ubisoft to stop messing around with Ghost Recon.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Sony has done a lot of back peddling this generation... SOCOM should have NEVER left Zipper. It was an arrogant money grubbing move - that didn't pay off.

howardorr
howardorr

Yes! We must defend that shipping lane to the last drop of blood! Is it just me, or are developers running out of cool plots?

andalore
andalore

I was put off bying Socom on the ps3 because it was Multiplayer only, But i loved the 1st one on PS2 because of the Singleplayer

Loon3rBoon3r
Loon3rBoon3r

support mag dam it...mag is a good gm but it gets annoying when u play the same three maps all the time wtf

dwd_27
dwd_27

fire team bravo was a awesome game on psp and this time on the ps3. this time online better graphics better and guns maybe gameplay

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

YES! YES! YES! The best military shooter is back to its roots! This is an AAAE game confirmed. Great single player + online, Awesome!

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i hope this doesn't mean that they'll stop supporting MAG...

sam4545
sam4545

Awesome. Now I just need to borrow someone's PS3...for like a year or 2

buft
buft

im worried that this might mean a decline in MAG support in the form of new maps and stuff, is there any word on any DLC for MAG yet ?

akiwak
akiwak

IMO, Socom: Confrontation seemed a little cartoonish and without a campaign mode to get me used to the controls or weapons it just turned me off..... I bought the game really wanting to support it and have fun.....but hey at least I got a headset!!! I really enjoyed Socom1-3 and I'm glad it's going back to Zipper!

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Ughhh...I just hated SOCOM:Confrontation...finally the series is back with it's rightful developer!

maverick_76
maverick_76

Granted, once the bugs were fixed Confrontation was not too bad. But no one would confuse it for COD or Battlefield that's for sure. The main reason i bought it was for the awesome bluetooth headset that came with it.

residude
residude

come on, confrontation wasn't that bad! I got many fun hours out of it, they just need to update Socom 4 more often than they did confrontation, got sick of that hostage rescue on urban wasteland EVERYTIME you clicked on quick match. If they can recapture the Socom series gameplay, then I reckon it's got more than a good chance of competing with battlefield, MAG and mw2.

Riverap
Riverap

just give us SOCOM 2 gameplay and new maps and a new story,and we are GOOOOD!!!!!

Riverap
Riverap

It sounds good ,great move sony but it will take more than just socom to get me to back to the series they will have to oustand themselves i say this just because M.A.G. honestly wasnt that great ,i could say that they wasted time a lot of time and with modern warfare 2 and battlefield bad company 2 on the shelves even on 3rd person trust me is going to be really difficult to outshine and i wish that they really bring socom back since i am a huge fan of the series ,socom 2 gameplay anyone? it would be great!!!

supersonikk
supersonikk

Confrontation was just filler while Zipper experimented with M.A.G. This is the real deal!

Joker1232003
Joker1232003

Socom is brilliant! Im glad zipper are returning to create the First REAL socom for the PS3

corpsefactory13
corpsefactory13

socom needs respawning and fast reload times? get out of here kid

JonnyWooho
JonnyWooho

Socom II is still to date one of the best online shooters ever. And Socom: CA was amazing due to that you could play the story campaigns in 4-player co-op mode. If they can blend those two ahsum qualities into one, next-gen game... it's going to be the best online shooter. EVER.

ph1nn
ph1nn

Socom 4 needs... (1) awesome gameplay (2) awesome graphics (3) awesome sound effects (4) co-op (5) fast load times (6) matchmaking (7) respawning. Bad Company 2 is the best multiplayer game i've ever played, it would take something incredibly at this point to ever get me to switch. Socom 4 sounds like it could be incredible but 3rd person games in general are extremely flawed unless they can blur out the foreground to eliminate corner campers.

veggie530
veggie530

split-screen co-op, spec op like missions and a stellar campaign. I miss the old SOCOM campaigns!

bpifer311
bpifer311

Dear Zipper: Please include an online and splitscreen co-op. Over and out.

ElPadilla
ElPadilla

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Jimmyjit
Jimmyjit

Back to the roots, back to the jungle, back to basics, thank GOD...

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Holy crap! Never thought this would happen. Finally a decent Socom for the PS3! Slant Six was just failing all over themself with the series...

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I've enjoyed most of the SOCOM games so far... I always remember getting the first one, and sitting and playing it with the headset attached to issue commands and such [before the days I went for online gaming], and I found it weird sat there with this headset/mic combo going on and I thought to myself; "this will never catch on....." How wrong was I!? Now I can't put on my 360 or PS3 without sticking on the headset. Oddly enough, a lot of the time even when I'm not actually on something that requires the headset, I just put it on because it now feels so natural! :?

m0tl3ysl4y3r
m0tl3ysl4y3r

hopefully its cool, I will probably get it

jogunther
jogunther

Do it right this time? The whole point of the article is that Zipper in charge of all the original PS2 Socom's is creating them again. So the quality is almost 99.9% guaranteed