After renaming the studio to Konami Los Angeles Studio in the wake of the fallout between Konami and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Konami have confirmed that the studio has been shut down. The studio was only opened in 2013, and assisted in the development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as well as headed up the development of the new Metal Gear Online. This makes the news slightly surprising as MGO launched for consoles not even a month ago, on October 6, and doesn’t release on PC until January next year.
The closure is believed to have cost over 20 jobs according to Eurogamer, though George Broussard the co-founder of 3D Realms tweeted that the losses were around thirty five jobs. It is widely believed that Hideo Kojima himself left the company on October 9, though Konami insist he is on holiday, and it is believed he has a non compete clause that lasts until December.
The full statement from Konami regarding the closure can be read below: “KONAMI has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio, effective immediately, due to the product development resources being restructured into a more centralized unit. This facility contributed to the recent METAL GEAR SOLID games. KONAMI will continue its operations to support all METAL GEAR SOLID titles, including the recently launched METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain and METAL GEAR ONLINE. METAL GEAR ONLINE is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.”