Everyone has that one game that catapults them into the genre of shooters, let it be a in your face first-person shooter or a stealthy third-person espionage, everyone has their entry point. SOCOM: US Navy Seals was one of those games, for me personally anyway. Unfortunately the online features for SOCOM on the Playstation 2 and PlayStation Portable will shut down by August 31st.
Sony is deciding to shut down the game’s severs, which have been active ever since the game debuted on the Playstation 2 in 2002. That’s a lot of gaming time for those crazy enough to keep playing it. Of course, like anything that’s been taking away from somebody, there will be uproar and backlash from the community.
Considering developer Zipper Interactive doesn’t exist anymore, having the servers running for such a long time can be seen as more than generous by Sony. However, fans say the opposite, with many angry at the timing of the server shutdown. Only four days before the servers power down for good, SOCOM: US Navy Seals will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary, with many hoping for some future game or special edition announcement to go along with the milestone.
The full list of games to be effected by the server shutdown are:
- SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs
- SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
- SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs
- SOCOM Combined Assault
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2
- SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3
- SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike
Even though fans have voiced their outrage on websites like, N4G and many SOCOM forums across the web, Sony doesn’t look to be swayed on their decision. I’m sure the masses will be able to cope though, they do have about 1000 other games to keep them occupied and the SOCOM titles that continue to exist on the PlayStation 3. There are plenty more shooters in the sea.