The news was announced on the SOCOM forum
that stated, “On August 31, 2012 Sony Computer Entertainment America will be terminating the on-line service for the following PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®Portable ("PSP") software titles:
PlayStation®2 system: SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs, SOCOM Combined Assault.
PSP system: SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2, SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike.”
The gaming community has reacted negatively to the news on online forums and news aggregators. Gamers on N4G.com
have expressed their outrage
while a SOCOM
forum titled SONY, DO NOT SHUT DOWN THE PS2 SOCOM SERVERS!
has received up to 49 replies.
, an online news site dedicated to the SOCOM
-series, voiced his disappointment in the termination of the servers. "Countless SOCOM fans, including myself, have been hoping that a new SOCOM would be announced to mark the 10 year anniversary of the franchise"
, stated Bacher in his article
. "Instead, the SOCOM servers will be closed 4 days after that milestone."
is a series of third-person tactical shooters developed exclusively for Sony's gaming systems. The series started with SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs
, which was one of the first console games to feature online multiplayer. Its sequel, SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
, has been hailed as one of the best online games for the PS2.