MAG, SOCOM 4 and SOCOM Confrontation Going Offline
Sony revealed today on Twitter that the online servers for MAG, SOCOM 4, and SOCOM Confrontation would be shut down in 2014. All three of these games have a heavy emphasis on multiplayer, meaning that soon, gamers will be unable to play these games the way they were meant to be played. MAG in particular will be drastically affected as that is a online only title, meaning that this server shut down will render the game unplayable.
SOCOM Confrontation was released on October 14, 2008, MAG on January 26, 2010, and SOCOM 4 on April 19, 2011. These games have a varying levels of success, namely MAG being generally well received, SOCOM 4 getting middling reviews, and SOCOM Confrontation receiving a disappointing reception. but none managed to match the popularity of the SOCOM titles on the PlayStation 2. SOCOM 4 in particular was dealt an unfair hand as it was released during the PlayStation Network Outage in 2011, which undoubtedly affected the growth of its initial burgeoning community. Zipper Interactive, developer of MAG and SOCOM 4 as well as most of the SOCOM titles, was shut down over a year ago.
While the communities for these titles are admittedly small, it’ll be sad to see these games go. I am not a player of any of these titles but SOCOM, and especially MAG, offered a unique online experience other military shooters like Call of Duty, Metal of Honor and Battlefield don’t. The closest comparison would probably be Sony’s own Warhawk and Starhawk, which have also had their popularity issues. The servers go down on January 28, 2014 so if you have these titles, it’s best if you get your fill of them now while you still have the chance. With the announcement of the impending server closures, these titles are sure to see a renaissance and renewed popularity before it goes quietly into that dark night. You can see the announcement tweet below.