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Deploying at Vita Launch: Zipper’s Unit 13

Brian Soderberg's Avatar + Posted by Brian Soderberg on Nov 22, 2011 // President, Zipper Interactive

On behalf of the entire team at Zipper Interactive, I am proud to announce a new shooter, Unit 13, designed from the ground up for the new PlayStation Vita. It’s been very exciting developing a game for the first portable console with precision dual analog sticks, the perfect platform for a fast action, hard-hitting, third-person shooter like Unit 13. In addition, Vita’s front and back touch interface provided a unique and fun way to interact quickly with in-the-world elements of the game.

Fast action, on-the-go gameplay was a key goal for the Unit 13 team. The game is designed for players to move quickly into the action, choosing from one of six Operatives with unique abilities to tackle 36 action-packed missions across nine unique locales. Missions come in a variety of sizes and difficulty. Some are smaller bite-sized battles; others are longer, more challenging, multi-objective missions that are a good test for any skilled shooter fan. As you make your way through the variety of missions, you unlock the right to take on the tougher High Value Target (HVT) enemy battles. After completing an HVT mission, you can share them with friends and nearby players through PlayStation Vita’s “NEAR” feature.

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The Zipper team put considerable effort into leveraging Vita’s WIFI and 3G functionality to provide exceptional social gaming and competition with friends and opponents from around the world. Unit 13’s live notification interface, enabled through 3G, keeps players up to date on leaderboard positions, new “Daily Challenge” content, new unlocks, shared High Value Target missions, and challenges from friends as they move past you on the leaderboards.

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In Co-op, you can play Unit 13 with a friend all with high quality voice chat enabled through the PlayStation Vita. Coop teams compete for top positions on the global, regional, and friend mission leaderboards.

We’re super excited for all of you to give Unit 13 a try. We believe it’s the perfect portable shooter on the best portable gaming platform, the PlayStation Vita. And it’s available right around Vita launch!

See you on the leaderboards!

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+ poodude on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 am said:

So, is the live notification interface exclusive to the 3G model? I have the First Edition Vita bundle on pre order, but because I’m in Canada it’s wifi only. Will I still be able to use the interface?


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    + Chris Roper on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am said:

    The notification bar works over either 3G or WiFi, though obviously with 3G you’ll continue to receive updates wherever you play and not just when connected to a WiFi hotspot. A big goal with this feature was to keep you informed whenever and wherever you play, be it at home or on the bus, and the 3G model allows for that.


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+ NightHawk479 on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 am said:

Interesting launch title. Is there a current listing of other Vita launch titles?


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am said:

    We’ll be announcing that final list in the coming weeks.


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+ Myke-Myke on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 am said:

Cool. Another shooter for the Vita.

Can’t wait to see some gameplay.


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+ stryfee on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:14 am said:

why oh why does zipper keep doing this. Give the fans what they want and make a socom 1 & 2 remake for either vita for PS3. Create a poll or ask around the biggest gaming forums. The gamers want socom 1 & 2 HD remakes.


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+ RedHarlow on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

Incoming flop after MAG and Socom IV. You guys should finally start working on Socom II HD. Instead of dropping mediocre shooter games.


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+ David2Crazy on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 am said:

If you click on the images there are more in Flickr. The game is looking pretty nice actually. I’m grabbing a Vita at launch so I’ll check this out.

I like that you’re moving into new franchises but I’m always crossing my fingers for a SOCOM 1/2 online HD!


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+ G__ROW on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

No more SOCOM for the portable?


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+ ScotteYx on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

Screw this, give us SOCOM 2 HD or a classic style SOCOM for PS3.


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+ Cjx324 on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am said:

Will this be available ON launch day, or just shortly after?
P.s. looks like a good game!


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    + Chris Roper on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am said:

    We haven’t announced a date yet, but it’ll be available right around then if not on launch day. You won’t be waiting long, regardless.


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+ mugoldeneagle03 on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am said:

Does this mean the Zipper team will finally start working more on SOCOM 4? Patches & DLC are all welcome, or maybe even starting up the next SOCOM project? SOCOM 4 was a poor game, from someone who’s played every since game.

I am excited for Unit 13 though, looks pretty ambitious for an early Vita title. Like the the use of those two thumbsticks. Now get COD on board and this thing will sell a ton


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+ Stackcluster on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am said:

posted by Brian himself, booyaaa!


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+ VanilaGorila-x- on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am said:

Looks like S4 ported to the Vita…

Peace,
VG


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+ Deathspear666 on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am said:

Hmmmm.Yet another Zipper fail??


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+ PAUL-AWOL- on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am said:

This looks cool I guess, I just don’t want to spend 300 or more on a hand held console that will be phased out in 6 months, which we all know the Vita will sell like crap.

What gets me about Zipper,, If you can make this game from the ground up why not give us Socom 1 or 2 in HD for the PS3. Sounds like a bunch of bull to me.


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+ Incagneto on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:37 am said:

@10+mugoldeneagle03 http://youtu.be/b2nzfHw4Ry4 watch that video, if you still do not realize COD has already been announced for Ps Vita.

if you think nothing has been said again watch the video. all is in that video.


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+ Zezzler on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am said:

wow! an actually hardcore shooter! I’m really glad those dual analogue sticks are being put to good use.


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+ enjionPS on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:47 am said:

Yet another tactical 3rd person shooter….

Hopefully this does something to set itself apart from the rest.


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+ b_4721 on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

Another Zipper title using the same no-where-close-to authentic MAG art style.

I suppose it would be too much to ask for them to also ditch the PS2 era animations for a portable game when they couldn’t even do that for their past two full console ones, but hey you do get to chose which character you play as here that’s more customization than “Socom” 4 offered so maybe there is hope for the game..?


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+ dizeeStL on November 22nd, 2011 at 11:56 am said:

So will this game have a grenade arc or will you go lazy on the Vita with that feature aswell?

P.S. Thanks for ruining the SOCOM series. Slant Six too!


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+ SMJ_cuba_AMS on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm said:

We want SOCOM I, II, 3 re-released in HD for the Playstation 3 just like sony is doing with every other popular sony first-party ps2 exclusives.


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+ SIapChop on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm said:

What a joke, way to port Socom FLOP over to handheld.

Do you guys( ZIPPER ) Have any Shame?


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+ SIapChop on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm said:

I hope your “Broader Audience” Worked out for ya, because none of the customers you guys took a crap on,are gonna buy this.


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+ xCh0z3n-0n3x on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm said:

Here come the “WE WANT SOCOM HD” people and at the same time saying “WE WANT SOMETHING NEW!!” -____________- siiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhh when will they stop bitching.

Unit 13 looks pretty cool. deff will be looking at it when i get a Vita


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+ NO_FEAR on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:13 pm said:

Oh look, another OTS shooter.

The capabilities of the Vita look impressive.

OTS shooters…not so much.


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+ NO_FEAR on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm said:

Oh and the name “Unit 13″ Not to seem obvious but are you guys at Zipper begging for bad karma now???


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+ Kchow23 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm said:

The game looks great! will it be strictly multiplayer or does it have singleplayer?


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+ Kchow23 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm said:

The game looks great! will it have singleplayer or coop?


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    + Chris Roper on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

    Both – solo and cooperative play is available for any mission in the game.


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+ Stackcluster on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:21 pm said:

Any info on a zombie DLC pack ??

Soon ?


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+ KILLO31 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm said:

jeez you people will never let socom 4 or mag go sure they wern’t great they wern’t as good as previouse games but they were fun, we should make a clean slate and start over with this game and not judge on there past mess ups. Please make socom hd thingy so they shut up about it.


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+ KILLO31 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm said:

will there online multiplayer ?


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+ NO_FEAR on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

@David2Crazy

You mean like the one with him walking up the stairs and the OTS head is blocking your whole view? It looks to me like all the same issues we have always had with the “too close” OTS camera view. It looks like a repeat of all that has gone wrong with the “classic” TPS shooter we used to enjoy.

Failed OTS, rinse, repeat, port to handheld.


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+ SpaceGerbil1 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm said:

Holy cow, so you just ported Socom 4 to the Vita. You guys don’t learn a thing do you. Sigh.


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+ dilbig5 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:30 pm said:

If it’s anything like Socom 4, its definitely a buy.


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+ FORMIK on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:32 pm said:

Not to sound skeptical, but how will touch screens help a shooter? A video would be much appreciated!


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+ tazmania91 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:34 pm said:

Will there be multiplayer components other than cooperation (like Team Deathmatch) ?


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+ Cjx324 on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:41 pm said:

OMG, It is new franchises and games that are making the VITA exiting.
Although Resistance, Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Modnation Racers, and definitely more to come, make the VITA exciting.

But, it is when you put these 2 things together that you get the MEGA excitement.

P.S. Stop hating on them for their past mistakes. I LOVED SOCOM 4! Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect. Just look at the Nintendo 3ds, at first they made mistakes, but with great games coming, they have moved on. Just like you guys. Keep Up The Good Work!


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+ Seeing_Red_Again on November 22nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:

Will there be competitive online multiplayer?


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+ drepsx3 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:01 pm said:

Is it a retail game? If so definitely picking this up.


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+ Marv2K11 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:09 pm said:

Co-Op? Vita Launch?

Consider me a potential customer. Looks cool!


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+ IVIaster220 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:10 pm said:

Thanks Zipper! Will be picking this game up. I hope it makes the launch date. I wish you luck with your sales and development. I will have this game the first hour it comes out lol. Big fan of the whole socom series. PSP and PS3.


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+ Seahawk313 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:22 pm said:

Looks pretty sweet!! Thanks for the Roper Report :) BEYOND!!


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+ eaglefan129 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:23 pm said:

I don’t mind playing a handheld at home if there are games like these and thus I have wifi at home so I don’t need the 3g.


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+ PRE_-CISION-_ on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:27 pm said:

Not buying this half assed port of SOCOM 4 to the Vita. How about you remake SOCOM 1 or 2 in HD instead? Yeah that’s not happening either your company’s a joke, I hope you guys get canned after this game flops to.


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+ Souledge94 on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 pm said:

I still need socom 4. However this may be a title I buy for my vita down the line.


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+ SIapChop on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm said:

Zipper , when are you guys gonna get it thru your head.

NOBODY WANTS ANYTHING YOU HAVE TO OFFER, BESIDES A CLASSIC SOCOM.

QUIT MAKING OTHER GAMES.


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+ dizeeStL on November 22nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm said:

I am sure Seth Luisi will be able to make sure this is casual friendly.


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+ Hooligantuan on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:05 pm said:

I think we’ve found the first bomb on the Vita.

Dear Zipper,

I really wish you hadn’t bumbled MAG so bad. It was glorious. It was different than everything else. Then you put out patch v1.03 and nerfed every gun in the game instead of just fixing the light machine guns. I really wish you’d had a better DLC marketing model that would have sustained your interest in MAG, but you kept giving things away for free and then released new game modes into a game where maps are tied to game modes, then didn’t fix them when there were design issues with the flow of action.

I really wish you hadn’t abandoned MAG to push out SOCOM4 faster than it was ready to come out. I wish you’d stuck with the new idea and actually treated the first FPS MMO like an MMO and not just another game. You have no dedication.

So, I have none for you.

Hibbity jibbity,
-Hoobity Doobity


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+ kingGILLEY on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:08 pm said:

No multiplayer, no thank you.

Make a hardcore third person shooter for the PS3. Emphasis on the HARDCORE.


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+ NICE41 on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:14 pm said:

Interesting looking title, there are 36 missions which is great, but will there be a fleshed out story over these 36 missions or will the structure be different? I hope there is a solid story with interesting and engaging characters!


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+ ItaChu on November 22nd, 2011 at 2:15 pm said:

looks nice


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