Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has bought long-time partner Zipper Interactive, the video game developer behind the successful SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs franchise. Redmond, Wash.-based Zipper joins SCE Worldwide Studios, the newly formed global development operation that last month began building its stable with development studio Guerrilla B.V.
To date, Sony has sold more than seven million units of the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs games for PlayStation 2 and PSP. The combat series also gave the PlayStation 2 console a foothold in the online market, which had been dominated by Xbox Live.
SCE Worldwide Studios handles the global strategy, management and production of interactive software published by SCE companies worldwide. Zipper’s day-to-day operations will be run out of the SCE WWS Foster City Studio. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.