Zipper Interactive's hoping to breathe new life into SOCOM 4 (known as SOCOM: Special Forces in the UK) with a couple of DLC packs due out on the PlayStation Store this week
The first set of DLC brings the return of Demolition mode, an all-time SOCOM favourite which sees teams competing over a single bomb and attempting to detonate it in the opponents' base. In addition to the new game mode, the..
Players eager to jump back into SOCOM 4 will be excited to learn that Zipper's doubling up the XP rewards for the "near future"
Community manager Chris Roper (beyond!) made the announcement on the official SOCOM website this evening. "In an effort to help bring everyone back up to speed, we're doubling any and all XP earned during competitive multiplayer games for the near future," he..
Bad news coming out of Zipper Interactive
Apparently the Seattle based studio has been hit with a number of redundancies, which Kotaku reports to be in the region of 33 employees. A Sony spokesperson clarified the layoffs as "normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises," which does make sense. Typically studios..
Optimism: according to various reports, internal testers are currently playing various PlayStation Network games online
The official Twitter account for PlayStation in the Netherlands (which has been the most active during this entire outage) confirmed to fans that "internal testing" is currently occurring in numerous regions. Since that bomb-shell, numerous investigations on NeoGAF have..
Zipper Interactive veteran Travis Steiner has announced he's left the company after fulfilling his duties on SOCOM 4
The lead designer has been with the studio for eight years, but has left in order to start up his own company. There's very little information on what that project will pertain, but Steiner's promising an update soon. Clearly Steiner was an important cog in Zipper's endeavours, and..
Those intending to purchase used copies of SOCOM 4 will find themselves locked out of multiplayer content, as Sony has announced that new copies of the game in the US will ship with a SOCOM Pro downloadable code
The code will primarily earn players access to Pro Custom Game queues. "Not only will these queues be ranked, but they'll also be...
Instead of talking about this week's UK sales charts -- there's nothing to say, Zumba Fitness is still top -- let's hypothesise on next week's results
It's a big release week, buoyed by the addition of a Good Friday — giving games an additional day to sell. The big releases include: Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4. We suspect SOCOM's going to struggle to chart, though sales should be solid..
A stealth counter attack on the used game market
It was just a matter of time before other developers starting building on the foundation that EA built. EA paved the way to counter the used market trend by placing access codes to enable the online features in their games inside the individual gaming package. If the game is bought used, and the...
Pretzels. Doughnuts. A PlayStation Move and Sharpshooter peripheral. Kevin Butler's well prepared for military action in this SOCOM 4 commercial. It's a return to form for the fake executive.</em>
SOCOM will always be primarily a multiplayer game
That's what a good chunk of the game's fan-base are interested in. But when it comes to SOCOM 4, personally we're more hyped about the game's single-player campaign. Ever since we played it late last year, it totally won us over. The shooting is good, and the implementation of your squad and tactical elements feels really well defined. We actually..
Sony's confirmed that there's a Resistance 3 beta trial on the horizon, with North American players getting in on the action by picking up specially marked copies of SOCOM 4
European players will get to trial Insomniac's new multiplayer component with an active PlayStation Plus subscription. There's no word as to whether Plus subscribers in North America will also get in on the action. Timescales..
As promised, Zipper Interactive's provided us with a teasing glimpse at two of SOCOM 4's multiplayer maps: Von Heine Express and Cesspool
Jeremy Dunham explains on the PlayStation Blog that Von Heime Express is designed to capture the spirit of the classic SOCOM 2 map, Fox Hunt: "Set on the coast of Southeast Asia in a makeshift military base that comes complete abandoned train cars, Von Heine..
Sony's been beating its chest regarding its commitment to 3D technology today, noting that there are "nearly 30" 3D enabled games coming to the PlayStation 3 this year. A post on the PlayStation Blog references the likes of Uncharted 3, SOCOM 4 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One as upcoming 3D releases. Sony additionally provided some...
Y'know what really, really annoys us
When European and American games have different titles. It makes things so complicated. Do we call the game by its European name and isolate our American userbase? Do we call the game by both its names and write messy looking articles? Gah, it's a never-ending debate in the office whenever a new Hot Shots Gol-... Sorry, Everybody's Gol-... No, no... --Whenever a..
According to Zipper's Jeremy Dunham, one of the biggest questions on SOCOM fan's lips these days is, "what kind of trophies can we earn in SOCOM 4?" Well, if you're one of those eager to know what activities are going to make your PlayStation 3 ding with the sound of success, wonder no more -- we've got SOCOM 4's full catalogue of in-game trinkets for you to peruse after the jump
Bronze Elite Ops..
Sony's slapped a big-fat date on SOCOM 4's beta trial, and PlayStation Plus subscribers will once again get the nod ahead of everybody else
The multiplayer trial will kick off on March 22nd (23rd in Europe) for premium members, while the rest of the PSN community is forced to wait until April 5th (6th in Europe) to try out the military shooter. US players with specially marked copies of Killzone 3..
If you're looking to take advantage of the uber-accurate PlayStation Move to bust some caps in SOCOM 4, Zipper might have just what you need
Announced earlier today on the US PlayStation Blog, SOCOM 4's $150 'Full Deployment Edition' will come with everything you need to get your motion controlled military action on. The pack comes with a copy of the game, a PlayStation Move and navigation..
Zipper Interactive are super-nice, professional developers
So they're put in a hard place with SOCOM 4. Undoubtedly the franchise's popularity has been hindered by the slightly rubbish PSN release, SOCOM: Confrontation. But that game wasn't developed by Zipper, and so the studio are clearly having to..
Sony's slapped a big fat April 19th release date on Zipper Interactive's upcoming latest entry in the SOCOM franchise
SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals — which is confusingly sub-titled Special Forces in Europe — will include full support for the PlayStation Move at launch. Zipper promises a "flood of SOCOM goodness" building up to the game's Spring launch, starting with the game's debut..
LittleBigPlanet 2's kinda out
Killzone 3's nearly out. But the cogs at Sony's overworked PR office keep turning; we've just realised we still know absolutely nothing about SOCOM 4's multiplayer component. That's not a problem though, because Sony's announced on the US PlayStation Blog that marked copies of Killzone 3 (Helghast and regular) are set to include access to the SOCOM 4
Sony's director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has spoken candidly to the Wall Street Journal about the PlayStation Move and SCE's strategy for the device going forward
Acknowledging Microsoft's success with the Kinect, Koller said that his company is still "happy where we are in the market" with Move. It's a point which often gets overlooked in the message board debates; allow us to..
Sony claims that their new official PlayStation Move gun attachment is the perfect accompaniment to motion control shooters such as Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4
The peripheral, which is set to launch day-and-date with Killzone 3 for $39.99, is said to offer the most "realistic experience possible". It's essentially an assault rifle which the PlayStation Move and Navigation Controller slot into..
When we think of SOCOM, we don't necessarily think of a graphical power-house
But SOCOM: Special Forces is surprising in that regard. All credit to Zipper Interactive, they've crafted something technically stunning with their latest title. This is a different kind of SOCOM game. It conforms somewhat to the requirements of a modern-day third-person...
We said a little while back that the new SOCOM had bowled us over, but this latest footage has us more satisfied than ever
We don't know why we ever doubted Zipper's ability to create a good, third-person shooter, but we did — and for that we're sorry. This footage is taken from Zipper's behind-closed-doors GamesCom presentation, and they're sharing it with everyone to celebrate the..
Man, it crept up on us, but we were really beginning to look forward to play SOCOM 4 this Christmas
SOCOM's not usually a franchise we get excited for, but after seeing some videos of the game being played with the PlayStation Move controller, we were instantly sold. It's therefore bitterly disapppointing to see the game delayed into 2011. Zipper confirmed the news on their blog, stating:..
The original SOCOM 4 unveiling was a little underwhelming to us
Seemingly thrown in at the end of Sony's GDC coming-out party, the game looked barely finished and, as such, a little uninspiring. But this hands-on preview with IGN's Greg Miller has totally changed our perception. Not only was the game given a glowing write-up, but Greg's also posted up a video of himself playing the game with..
Apparently you're going to be outnumbered and outgunned in SOCOM 4, as you head to a war-torn Shanghai
Yes, Shanghai again. Why is it that every video game is set in Shanghai these days? Still, the game's looking pretty good. We've enjoyed the single-player SOCOM campaigns on the PSP, so we're definitely stoked for a Zipper Interactive developed SOCOM campaign on the PS3. We're also way..
We already knew Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4 were due their debuts tonight on Geoff Keighley's pre-E3 GTTV show tonight, but we didn't have a clue Gran Turismo 5 was going to be there
A teaser posted on the PlayStation Blog from Spike's Geoff Keighley has confirmed just as much however, presumably ensuring the game's presence at next week's E3. We'll leave you in the capable hands of Mr. Keighley to..
Last year it was Rose McGcgowan, this year it's some 9ft-tall supermodel we've never heard of -- the GTTV pre-E3 special is always talked about more for its co-host than its actual unveilings
But at least Geoff Keighley's there (<3), and to be fair the line-up of reveals look rather compelling - Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4? Nice, ok. Plus, Keighley's in tease mode again... Apparently one..
Bear Mcreary (apparently yes, that is his real name) has announced on his blog that he'll be scoring the soundtrack to Zipper's upcoming SOCOM 4
Bear's best known for his music in the Battlestar Galactica series, but is stoked to be working on SOCOM. Ever since I was a kid, Ive dreamt of a video game score that would feel as if it were being composed specifically for each player, adapting..
This is operation commander Cullen Gray, ex-NATO and now video game protagonist
The dude's only thirty-six, but already he's seen a lot. Like the inside of Zipper Interactive's studio, and presumably early running footage of his soon-to-be stomping ground, SOCOM 4. You can find out much more about Cullen, and grab a ton of SOCOM screens over at the Playstation Blog.
The lucky folks at Stuff magazine have got a chance to go hands-on with Sony's new Playstation Move motion controller, a device they describe as "pleasingly accurate"
The British mag checked out the likes Table Tennis, Eye Pet, SOCOM 4 and Move Party - giving a glowing preview of all the content they played. Playstation Move's due later this year. Expect to see lots more of it at E3.
Sony announced their latest PS3 peripheral at a keynote as part of GDC last night
The Playstation Move will launch in the Fall of this year, alongside a host of software titles. Move works alongside the Playstation Eye to offer precise, lag-free motion control gaming steps ahead of Nintendo and Microsoft's offering. The key is in the precise depth and motion tracking, which has little-to-no..
Did you miss any of the key points from last night's SOCOM 4 reveal? Perhaps, right? Well worry not then, because Zipper Interactive's creative director, Ed Byrne, has decided to commentate on the full reveal
Of course, last night's trailer was a complete teaser so he actually has very little to say but, y'know, if you're a hardcore SOCOM fan you're probably pumped.
SOCOM 4 is a video game
It's happening, and it's being created by the franchise's creators, Zipper Interactive. This trailer's pretty heavy on CGI but it should give you a taste of what to expect from the fourth entry in the SOCOM franchise. Guns, shooting, and lots of squad control. On a personal level, we're not particularly huge fans of SOCOM. However, we wouldn't turn down the opportunity..
Sony's just announced that Zipper Interactive will indeed be making a "suprise sequel" to the SOCOM franchise
A pretty amazing announcement considering MAG is just a few weeks old. The game, which has been confirmed to be SOCOM 4, is the "surprise Sony" title we've been debating for the past few days. The story of the latest game, as revealed on the Playstation Blog is as follows:"In..
Oh PCB Productions
How you have broken our hearts. After listing Syphon Filter 5 and more recently SOCOM 4 in the credits section of their website many believed the reality of new games in the popular franchises being under development. Alas, they are not."I apologize for the confusion. There appears to be some errors on our credits," said a PCB rep. "Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror was..
Who's ready for more SOCOM? Well just like Peter Dille hinted back in 2007, there may well be some more SOCOM on the way
A job listing for PCB Productions, the same company who mentioned the words Syphon Filter 5, have added the words SOCOM 4 to their credits page before promptly removing them. It's safe to assume then that someone, somewhere is thinking about a new SOCOM game. Zipper Inter