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January 27, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Zipper’s “Socom 4” for PS3 out April 19, finally

Sony has high hopes for the next big shooting game from its Redmond studio, Zipper Interactive.

It’s launching “Socom 4: U.S. Navy Seals” on April 19, extending Zipper’s venerable franchise, which has sold more that’s sold more than 12 million copies.

“Socom 4” can be played online with up to 32 players at once and can run in full definition 3-D.

One effect of the 3-D is that game information appears to be displayed on a glass pane in the foreground, like a heads-up display in a cockpit, that gets spattered with blood as the player is injured.

“Socom 4” also works with Sony’s “Move” motion controller and showcases its precise aiming capability, an edge Sony needs to compete with Microsoft’s Kinect system. The game was supposed to launch with Move last fall but the release was delayed to give Zipper more time to polish and tune the game.

Players work with a small squad and international forces, blasting through a vivid Southeast Asian setting that destructs as the action unfolds.

“I think this really brings immersion to a new level,” Travis Steiner, lead designer at the 150-person studio, said during a preview event Wednesday.

The game also received an improved system of squad control, with simplified commands for issuing commands during battle.

Here are a few new screenshots:

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Comments | Topics: kinect, move, PlayStation

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