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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

May 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Osama bump for Sony’s Navy SEALs game?

Sony’s not saying yet whether the company’s seen a boost in sales of “SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs” after Sunday’s action in Pakistan.

But I’ll bet the game – released on April 19 – gets a boost from newfound appreciation for the Navy commandos.

SOCOM 4 was created by Zipper Interactive, a Sony-owned studio in Redmond led by people who previously worked on military simulation programs. Zipper consulted with SEALs as it developed the franchise to make it more realistic.

The game, for the PlayStation 3, follows a SEAL team on a dangerous mission in Southeast Asia. It’s an intense, hyper releastic action game in which players control a squad working through foreign terrain. It can also be played with the PS3 motion-tracking controllers, which can be mounted in an accessory rifle frame.

Asked if sales jumped after Sunday’s SEAL assault on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, Zipper President Brian Soderberg referred me to a Sony spokeswoman, who said the company is still working on extracting sales data for the game.

Sony apparently isn’t planning to release an Abbottabad map pack for SOCOM 4.

“At this time, there are no plans to develop any future content based on the event,” said Jill Webber, public relations manager for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

A screenshot:

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Comments | Topics: Games & entertainment, Navy SEALs, Osama Bin Laden

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