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Sony announces SOCOM 4

Zipper "re-envisioning" series on PS3.

This week's "surprise Sony sequel" reveal has turned out to be SOCOM 4.

Zipper, developer of MAG and all other SOCOM games, will create - shifting the focus to South East Asia.

"Your mission is to step into the well-worn boots of the Ops Com, a NATO Operations Commander of an elite, five-man squad. You must venture deep into inhospitable jungles, city streets and crumbling urban ruins to engage an army of rebel fighters and discover their plans," read the story description on the European PlayStation blog.

"Although you’re vastly outnumbered, you’re armed with the latest weaponry and your men are second to none – but do you possess the stealth, speed and tactical thinking to lead them to victory? Time is not on your side: you have just six days to complete your mission. To emerge victorious, you must lead from the front, maintain control of the situation and fight with sheer intensity."

The post adds, "You've never played a SOCOM game like this."

Key features are "authenticity", "teamwork" and "innovative online play". Which elements of MAG Zipper decides to re-use will be interesting to see.

Head over to our SOCOM 4 gallery for the first batch of shots.

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