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SOCOM 4 Ships Out April 19th, New Multiplayer Video

Jeremy Dunham's Avatar + Posted by Jeremy Dunham on Jan 27, 2011 // Sr. Community Manager, Zipper Interactive

Everyone here at Zipper Interactive is pleased to announce that the wait will soon be over! As our headline says, SOCOM 4 is scheduled to hit stores in North America in just a few months on April 19th.

Earlier this week at the Zipper headquarters in Redmond, WA, we invited the media and 18 SOCOM community members to check out the latest version of our game. Not only did they get an update on the progress of our single-player campaign, they were also treated to an extensive look at several of our multiplayer modes, which, as any SOCOM fan will tell you, is absolutely the game’s bread and butter.

Early next week, we’ll have another update on the PlayStation and SOCOM blogs to let you know what members of the community thought about their visit to Redmond and their hands-on time with SOCOM 4. In the meantime, we’d love for you to check out our “Not For Self” multiplayer trailer by clicking on the video above.

Also, for you veteran SOCOM fans out there, head on over to GameStop.com and bring back classic SOCOM memories with another new trailer, this one for the GameStop pre-order exclusive “Abandoned” Map!

The good news is that this is just the beginning of an upcoming flood of SOCOM goodness. As we count down the days and weeks to April 19, you can expect plenty of news, details and media to get you hyped up for what we think is the best SOCOM game yet. Enjoy the ride!

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+ Shadowtroop3 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:03 pm said:

Yes, Finally


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+ JLP_M on January 27th, 2011 at 5:04 pm said:

Sony, this year is gonna be awesome…glad I got a PS3 in 2007


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+ Mattsta001 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

Will it have 4 player co-op? Not played SOCOM before and kind of interested having enjoyed Zipper’s MAG but I’m looking for a co-op experience to play through with friends.


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:32 pm said:

    No, we have 5-player co-op mode!

    We’ll be going into that a later date, though


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+ Mosh_Pit on January 27th, 2011 at 5:06 pm said:

Me wants.


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+ Demolitio on January 27th, 2011 at 5:09 pm said:

Sweet Jesus am I excited. Nice trailer and I’m loving the character models.

I’m assuming we choose our camo online based on some of the mismatched character I saw or are they default skins we choose?

Thanks for the info and trailer. It’s been a long time coming. :)


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:34 pm said:

    We have skins you choose rather than overly-detailed character customization. We wanted our characters to have more of an identity when you select them.


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+ poweredbyzen on January 27th, 2011 at 5:10 pm said:

SOCOM Beta for MAG Beta testers?! :D


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+ FearMonkey on January 27th, 2011 at 5:10 pm said:

Great news. Thanks Jeremy. :)


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+ LightAce on January 27th, 2011 at 5:11 pm said:

Only 2 days after my birthday, nice!


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+ MONEYISME on January 27th, 2011 at 5:12 pm said:

The game play seems totally awesome. But graphics. Whoa there! Hopefully the graphics will be much improved upon release. Hopefully.


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+ Weshzu on January 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

awesome news co-op campaign i’m sold


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+ mountain_duwe on January 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

I really had high hopes for this one, Zipper…but as of right now, I’ll just have to say thanks for ripping the soul out of the series to cater to the ADD Call of Duty generation of gamers. Cover system, airstrikes and SMG’s as secondary weapons? FAIL.


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+ vcotson on January 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

@6 yes do mag beta testers get it also or how about plus members? :D Please Jman PLEASE! HAHAH :D


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+ MattyInkwell on January 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

I know what i’m doing the day after….. playing it of course!


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+ ATOMS11 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

It sure is a great time to be a gamer!


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+ footballrule on January 27th, 2011 at 5:15 pm said:

So this release is acually final, right? It was supposed to release 2010 Fall. Just trying to make sure. Also, will there be any other ways of getting into the SOCOM Beta without buying Killzone 3?


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm said:

    Yep, it’s final. April 19


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+ bcfc545 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm said:

gonna be one hell of a year for gaming


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+ BigDady420 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm said:

It was an ok trailer but seriously they could have done a better job with the music, just want feeling it there


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+ NotoriousGamer on January 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm said:

Isnt this a bit too close to Killzone 3? Just over a month between the two. Sales not a concern I think.

-Killzone 3 Home public game space plz.


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+ Butters360 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:17 pm said:

Can we please have some snippets from Bear McCreary’s soundtrack or at least a blog post by him?


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+ footballrule on January 27th, 2011 at 5:18 pm said:

The boxart is absolutely beautiful btw!


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm said:

    Thanks, we like it too. :)


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+ CL_KANOS on January 27th, 2011 at 5:18 pm said:

Awesome! Cant wait to get in on the action. Confrontation was sort of a let down and not really like the originals but i will definitely be picking this one up. Any update on a co op campaign??


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+ I3rand0 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:20 pm said:

I haven’t trusted Zipper since the debacle that was Socom 3. This series has gone from the greatness that was Socom 2 to the irrelevance that is Confrontation. Buyer beware++.


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+ NOtheDOG on January 27th, 2011 at 5:20 pm said:

nice


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+ footballrule on January 27th, 2011 at 5:21 pm said:

Please consider a PS Home SOCOM 4 Public Space! RIght now Home has 2 SOCOM spaces for Confrontation, and another for SOCOM 4 would complete the set!


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+ ShredinSlash on January 27th, 2011 at 5:21 pm said:

I love the SOCOM series, makes you think in game, whether your a team player or a lone wolf. if only Call of Duty could learn from that, maybe i’d bother to play it a month after launch. Can’t wait for the BETA from Killzone 3, keep up the great work Sony, Zipper, and Guerrilla.
Also, can we see a Fireteam Bravo 4 for NGP? That’d be sweet


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+ antihero-Mike on January 27th, 2011 at 5:25 pm said:

i already bought 4 ps3 games so far. DC universe online, mass effect 2, littlebigplanet 2, and dead space 2.

Next up Killzone 3 and Socom 4.

My wallet :(


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+ Lara-Croft on January 27th, 2011 at 5:25 pm said:

Nice, hope there will be no lag issues like the first one. Looks like this will be the year to be broke with games and PSP2 for sure we will be broke.LOL


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+ Avalanche on January 27th, 2011 at 5:26 pm said:

this isnt the Socom we grew up with :-(


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+ TinFTF on January 27th, 2011 at 5:27 pm said:

Looks like a better version of MAG lol. Might hafta trade it in for that seeing as MAG has just been collecting dust


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+ radiantshadow92 on January 27th, 2011 at 5:28 pm said:

@26

the first one wasn’t made by zipper.


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 7:59 pm said:

    We did make the first SOCOM on PS2

    Unless the reference is to the first PS3 SOCOM title, Confrontation. In that case, you are correct, Confrontation was developed by the folks at Slant Six.


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+ mrpaulryan on January 27th, 2011 at 5:29 pm said:

How is this “Actual in-game multiplayer footage”? It’s just a bunch of cut scenes.


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm said:

    No, that’s all in-game footage. We just had the free-fly cam on. Nothing there is a cutscene.

    I think the fact that you think that they are cutscenes is a good sign, though.


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+ mountain_duwe on January 27th, 2011 at 5:31 pm said:

this is an absolute JOKE. congratulations on completely tearing the soul out of this series to cater to the ADD Call of Duty/Gears of War generation of multiplayer gamers. this series has become an absolute disaster.


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+ Avalanche on January 27th, 2011 at 5:33 pm said:

@29 yes it was


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on January 27th, 2011 at 5:41 pm said:

Is the Co-op online AND offline? If so, that’s doing it right and deserving of a sale, unlike another big named PS3 exclusive shooter that’s coming out in February.


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+ x-former on January 27th, 2011 at 5:42 pm said:

@32 if by “the first one” you mean socom 1 on PS2, then yes, it was made by zipper.

If you mean Socom Confrontation, then no, it was made by slant 6.

Anyway, this looks really good! Thanks for the update and holy crap…5 player co-op!!!! Is that for campaign or separate mode all together?


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+ D-Roca on January 27th, 2011 at 5:43 pm said:

Can’t wait…


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+ DJ_DTM on January 27th, 2011 at 5:44 pm said:

I will never do anoter zipper game ever, Socom 4? seriously??? like MAG didn’t steal enough of my time money and trust!!
GET REAL! get BFBC2.


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on January 27th, 2011 at 5:46 pm said:

Looking good. Not sure if I will be able to make room for this one, though. :/


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+ AddisonW on January 27th, 2011 at 5:47 pm said:

Makes that garbage kiddie arcade Call of Duty junk look like a Wii game.

Day 1.


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+ D-Roca on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

@Jeremy Dunham

Will there be Custom Ranked Rooms? This is the one feature I really love about the Socom games… 2v2 Snipers only. 8v8 Shotgun only etc…

Will there destructible environments and health regen online?


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:58 pm said:

    We have user-suggested custom playlists.

    In other words, we’ll have a number of different ways to allow custom ranked rooms to be created. We could look at data by non-ranked custom rooms that anyone can make, notice trends and then create a custom ranked room based on those trends.

    Or we could do something as simple as hold a poll on our website or here on the PS Blog and let you guys create on

    Or we could create rooms based on a theme or season

    There’s any number of ways that the custom ranked rooms would exist. We don’t want individual rooms to be ranked, though, because we don’t want any one individual stacking the deck in their favor just to try and get higher on the chain.


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+ InsanityBleeds on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

Check out this link for more details about Socom 4
http://www.gamesonsmash.com/2011/01/27/socom-4-multiplayer-preview-and-details/


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

If it feels “MAG-ified” I will definitely purchase this!


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+ MattyInkwell on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

Why so much hate for confrontation!!! It wasn’t socom 2 and people got pissed cause of that? Yea, it was jacked up for the first few months with taking forever to load and stuff but it is still better than the COD series. People still play it so what’s that say


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+ MafiaBrett on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

Zipper, will you be talking about how clan system will work?
Thats one of the main things im going to be looking forward to.


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 5:59 pm said:

    We are supporting clans and supporting clan challenges. Some of the previews you see today/ this week may cover them in more detail.


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+ KwietStorm on January 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm said:

You wanted your characters to have an identity rather than overly detailed customizations? But that’s how WE give ourselves an identity as gamers online..


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+ MattyInkwell on January 27th, 2011 at 5:50 pm said:

@37 why are you here?


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+ Ajajadude on January 27th, 2011 at 5:50 pm said:

Oh. Hell. Yes.

I’m sick and tired of the same ol’ same you get with games like Call of Duty. My worry is I’m going to be so used to running and gunning that it’s going to take me a long time to hone my Socom skills.


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+ Tribulation__ on January 27th, 2011 at 5:52 pm said:

I’m in love with the gameplay. But its a shame that we cannont make custom characters. It makes the game sooo much more immersive for gamers in my opinion. Being able to spot out your friends on the battlefield instead of having to take time to highlight them with your crosshairs to have their name pop up to see if its them. It just tedious and not as fun. Dont get me wrong this looked great though, i cant wait. Any word of when the beta starts?


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    + Jeremy Dunham on January 27th, 2011 at 8:01 pm said:

    We haven’t made any announcements as to when the beta will start yet. But obviously it will be sometime after Killzone 3 releases — so at least you know it won’t be in the next few weeks. :)


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+ Deadly-Survivor on January 27th, 2011 at 5:53 pm said:

now put the beta on the playstation plus part so people like us dont waste money on nothing lol. i hate kill-zone i hope you put it on the psn for the weekend or day so i can download it or buy it . If not the plus crap is coming off .i hate when u dont get nothing on that crap.


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+ Deadly-Survivor on January 27th, 2011 at 5:53 pm said:

now put the beta on the playstation plus part so people like us dont waste money on nothing lol. i hate kill-zone i hope you put it on the psn for the weekend or day so i can download it or buy it . If not the plus crap is coming off .i hate when u dont get nothing on that crap. hehe so please do so


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