Fans of the beloved PlayStation franchise SOCOM, listen here! Developer Zipper Interactive announced a release date for the latest installment. SOCOM 4 hits shelves April 19 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. As promised the game will boast multiplayer support we’ve come to know and love, as well as a significantly enhanced single player campaign. As I’ve shared with you before, all SOCOM games following PS2′s SOCOM II never sat well with me. Thankfully, Zipper promises that they’re going back to their roots with SOCOM 4, eliminating all of the fluff and nixing all the problems of past iterations (namely SOCOM 3, Combined Assault, and Confrontation; online lag issues and weak (and sometimes totally absent) single player modes plagued these titles). After previewing SOCOM 4 at E3 2010 I am happy to report that the updated graphics are stunning and at the same time the title manages to capture the classic feel I last experienced playing the 2003 sequel. Add in the PlayStation Move support, and you’ve got a PS3 shooter that deserves wild anticipation.
Preorder SOCOM 4 at GameStop. Why? Because you’ll receive a GameStop exclusive map. “Abandoned” is a modern take on SOCOM & SOCOM II’s “Suppression” map and it’s being described like this: “Abandoned takes place in the daytime around an ancient Thai village deep in the misty jungle. Fight your way over dense hillsides, through dark caves, and into the close-quarters mayhem of the archeological site. Classic SOCOM heritage meets evolved SOCOM 4 action.” That’s what I like to hear. You’ll also receive a weapon, the Super M90 Shotgun. Whether you purchase the game online or pick it up in-store, you will be given instructions and a code to download the exclusive map and weapon when you load the game. Want to get in on the action early? For a limited time new copies of Killzone 3 (which releases February 22) will include an access code to the SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta. Specially marked cases for the Killzone 3 standalone and Helghast editions are your ticket into the beta, so keep an eye out of them. Zipper has not announced when they will turn the beta on.
According to a Zipper rep, “the good news is that this is just the beginning of an upcoming flood of SOCOM goodness.” So stick it right here for the latest news in SOCOM 4 single and mulitplayer news. For now, check out the brand new multiplayer trailer (embedded after the break) called “Not For Self” and look in the gallery below for game stills. And that’s some slick box art up there, huh?