Zipper Interactive, the developers of SOCOM, MAG and Vita title Unit 13 – who appear to like to shout their game’s titles – were closed down by Sony in March 2012. Now, well over a year later the severs for their biggest PS3 games will be shutting down their servers, at the start of next year.
MAG and SOCOM 4 were met with a mixed response, though both of these games were very multiplayer orientated, MAG particularly so, with impressive 256 player concurrent players in a match. I’m sure there are still people who play these games, even with the plethora of multiplayer titles available.
It’s a sad situation and perhaps one of the first real signs that Sony are ready for the next generation; they haven’t chosen to shut down the co-operative servers for Unit 13 just yet.
It’s also a reminder that not everything lasts forever, particularly when expensive servers are needed to host the games – we might not be able to pull out a game for the nostalgic online multiplayer in fifteen years or so time; I’ll be very sad the day CoD4’s servers close down.
The SOCOM: Confrontation, SOCOM 4 and MAG servers will shut down fully on the 28th of January 2014.