Sony’s Surprise Sequel is…SOCOM 4!

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Earlier this week, word spread of a surprise sequel announcement Sony was planning for Thursday. Well, it’s Thursday and the surprise sequel has been revealed.

If you were hoping for a new Sly Cooper, Jak & Daxter, Syphon Filter, Legend of Dragoon or one of many other Sony franchises that have been dormant for far too long, I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s not one of those. It’s actually SOCOM 4, which will be available exclusively for PS3 this fall.

That may not sound too thrilling at first blush, but the good news is that Zipper Interactive is once again back at the helm of the franchise it birthed…and the franchise Slant Six tarnished with SOCOM: Confrontation. I always figured Zipper would return to SOCOM, but I didn’t expect it so soon, especially since the studio just launched MAG.

Unlike the multiplayer-only SOCOM: Confrontation (and MAG), SOCOM 4 will be known as much for its single-player campaign as its online multiplayer. The campaign will have you leading a five-man Special Forces team into Southeast Asia, tasked with 14 missions that Zipper says should take around 12 hours of play time to complete. Of course, multiplayer will also be a key component to the SOCOM 4 package, but Zipper won’t spill any details about that part of the game beyond saying it’ll support upwards of 32 players.

If you’re dying to know more, be sure to tune in to GameTrailers TV tonight at 12:30 am EST/PST on Spike TV for the world premiere of SOCOM 4‘s first trailer.

SOCOM 4: It’s Official! [PlayStation.Blog]

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