Zipper Interactive’s latest entry in the long-running SOCOM series, announced for release at the end of this year, has just been bumped into 2011. SOCOM 4 was first shown at the Game Developers Conference this year during the reveal of Sony’s Move controller. Many felt this title was going to be one of Sony’s flagship games for the upcoming holiday season to release alongside the Move, but it sounds like SOCOM fans are going to have to wait.

On Zipper’s blog, Community Manager Jeremy Dunham described what this delay will mean for the game.

“While we’re certainly aware that you’ve been looking forward to playing SOCOM 4 this year, we don’t want to take any shortcuts. Instead, we want to deliver the best and most immersive SOCOM game we possibly can and we’re going to use our extra time to do just that”.

Taking some extra time is something that Sony is probably encouraging considering the issues that plagued SOCOM: Confrontation. Confrontation, developed by Slant Six Games, had technical issues and connectivity problems for several weeks after its release in October 2008. The problems were so bad that it drastically hurt review scores across the board.

With the value of the SOCOM name I am sure Sony doesn’t want to see a repeat of that again. I also think this extra time will probably also be used to tweak the controls for the Move. With Nintendo and Microsoft focusing on the casual market for their motion controls, Sony is looking at SOCOM 4 as an example to show that the Move can be relevant to hardcore gamers.

So with all of these games getting delayed into the beginning of next year what is left for Sony this holiday season? Do companies still need big titles released during the holidays or is that just a holdover from the past? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

SOCOM 4 hits PS3 sometime in 2011 and we’ll let you know more when we do.

Sources: Giant Bomb, SOCOM official website

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