A bad day for gaming. Sony have confirmed what we rumoured a little while back – that developers Zipper have been closed down.
“The closure is a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment within SCE WWS,” said a statement from Sony. “Zipper has completed all work associated with its most recent project, Unit 13 for PlayStation Vita.”
“Zipper titles MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13 will continue to be supported, including the new Daily Challenges in Unit 13.”
“After 17 years it’s time to head off into the sunset,” said the Zipper twitter in the last couple of hours. “A sincere thank you to all our fans for everything you’ve done for us. Farewell.”
Elsewhere, rumours about Sega started on Reddit a few hours ago – “Sega of America, operating out of San Francisco, is closing its doors,” said the posting. “Me and all our teams just received the sad news. I’ll miss working with that silly hedgehog.”
There’s no evidence that Sega are “closing its doors” but there does seem to be some chatter about job losses, sadly, in the QA department.
Two SEGA employees, picked up by GAF, seem to echo this. “My heart hurts as if part of it left the building with the others,” says one, who also retweeted the following: “Sega of America news actually breaks my heart. Good luck to all looking for work after the layoffs.”
“It’s been a good 6 years,” says another. “I’m leaving with a lot of brilliant memories. It’s a sad day but on to new things.”
The news follows Sega’s dramatically bad ¥7.1 billion loss, which promised “restructuring”, especially of the EU and US offices.