Kojima Productions Los Angeles, the studio responsible for the so-so metal gear online part of Metal Gear Solid Vis closed.
“Konami has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio effective immediately as product development resources are being restructured into a more centralized unit,” the company said in a statement to Polygon. “This facility has contributed to the recent Metal Gear solid spell. Konami will continue its activities to support everyone Metal Gear solid titles, including the recently launched Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and metal gear online.”
Konami opened the LA studio in 2013 to help develop MGSVand specifically with its multiplayer component, metal gear online. At its peak, the studio reportedly employed between 50 and 60 people. Kojima Productions Los Angeles was renamed Konami Los Angeles Studio around the same time that the names of Kojima Productions and Hideo Kojima were removed from the Metal Gear solid websites and box art.
Rumors of the studio’s closure circulated on Twitter earlier this week. Polygon sources indicate that many staff had already left prior to the closure, while Eurogamer reports that work is continuing metal gear online was transferred to Konami’s Japanese studio shortly before its release MGSV.
The closure of the Los Angeles studio follows news earlier this month that Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima had left Konami. About 100 guests are said to have attended a small farewell ceremony at the company. Konami claimed that Kojima had not left, but was in fact currently “on vacation”.