Rumours circulating the internet as of last night suggest that Konami has closed down its LA studio, which is responsible for the development of Metal Gear Solid Online. While not officially confirmed, it is said that 20 people have lost their jobs already, in a studio capped at about 60 employees.
In Konami’s defence, dare I say it, the studio was only opened in 2013 to help development on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The studio focused solely on the multiplayer aspect of the game which launched last month. Maybe it means the end for Metal Gear Online, or that Konami are just winding down and pulling back? They still plan on making new Metal Gear games however.
BREAKING: Rumor tells me that Konami has shut down the Kojima Productions LA studio, taking with it approx 35 jobs, just before Xmas.
— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) November 3, 2015
The LA studio was renamed Konami Los Angeles Studio following the controversial removal of all things Kojima Productions earlier in the year. From what Eurogamer report, most of the work with Metal Gear Online was transferred to their Japanese studio, with the LA studio being relegated to a support role. If this is the case, it’s understandable why Konami are supposedly shutting down the LA studio. Still, for those losing their jobs, it’s an unfortunate scenario.