Lay-offs at SOCOM/MAG studio

33 staff reported redundant at Zipper.

SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive has suffered a round of job cuts, owner Sony has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Sony told Kotaku that it was "normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises."

The number of redundancies wasn't specified but "multiple tipsters" put the figure at 33, with reports on NeoGAF suggesting senior staff were among those given their marching orders.

SOCOM 4 launched on PlayStation 3 last month, a few days before the PlayStation Network outage kicked off. It scored a so-so 6/10 from Eurogamer's Steve Hill and failed to crack either the US or UK top 10 during its first weeks on release.

Zipper's last game but one, ambitious multiplayer shooter MAG, arrived back in January 2010.

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