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Hot on the heels of the releases of SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals and MAG, Sony has confirmed that developer Zipper Interactive has cut a portion of its staff.
Sony confirmed the layoffs to Gamasutra, describing it as "normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises." Sony wouldn't confirm how many employees had been fired, but Gamasutra's sources put the number at 30 or more. Whether or not such layoffs have become normal business practice, the news is unfortunate, but Sony says the Zipper will continue to support the games it has already released, and will continue creating new games in the future.
The news comes roughly a month after word that SOCOM 4's lead designer Travis Steiner left Zipper to start a new company.
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This sounds bad, but who knows it may be a blessing in disguise; some layoffs just can't be prevented sadly. I hope Zipper continues to see success and brings more SOCOM games in the future.
i wonder whats going to happen after there lead designer left.
***. That sucks.
well this stinks i hope they get back on their feet and start making games
Yet another bunch of lay offs. This sucks.
that sucks. I really liked MAG
Soccom 4 was not that good
Well considering both games ended up pretty mediocre, i'd say its a smart move on there part
They do this in Zipper Interactive every time after a new game comes out from them. Its a pratice so it doesn't matter people in there knew about this when they signed up for the job. They knew there is a chances they will get layed off after their new games comes out. So its not sad at all. They are prepared.
This also could have resulted from the lack of online - pairing that with a weak single player outing didn't help.
That sucks for Zipper, but if they are going to just put out an average game, that is what happens.
Still, I do always get that tiny pain in my heart whenever I have to hear about layoffs. Coming from experience I can tell you they aren't much of a picnic even if it is "standard business practice."