According to reports quoting sources familiar with the matter, Konami has shut down its LA Studio, the studio responsible for Metal Gear: Online the new online mode which launched a few weeks after the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The on-going drama surrounding Konami continues as the latest report is that the company has shuttered its LA Studio. The LA Studio, formerly a Kojima Productions studio, was the workplace for around 30 employees, all of which have now learned that they have no job to return to.
The studio opened back in 2013 and employed around 50 people. It was originally an arm of Kojima Productions, but following Konami’s removal of Kojima’s name from the cover art of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami renamed the studio Konami Los Angeles Studio.
This one again follows even more drama as reports suggested Kojima had left Konami in October following the launch of Metal Gear Online, following strained development on the game. The studios closure marks just another step in the on-going saga that is Kojima and Konami.
As for the develoment of Metal Gear Online, apparently development was transferred to Konami’s Japanese studio shortly before the release of the main game. Since then the LA Studio was left brainstorming new ideas, some of which were Metal Gear releated.
Recently rumours have been circulating to suggest that Konami would be dumping development of AAA Games (other than its Pro Evolution Soccer series), in favour of its on-going casino business and of course, mobile games, though Konami quickly denied this rumour.
Konami revealed recently that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain had shifted 5 million copies.