Konami confirms closure of US-based Metal Gear Online studio

Promises to continue Metal Gear support

Konami has confirmed yesterday’s reports that it closed Konami LA, the studio responsible for the Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The Los Angeles studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA before Konami scrubbed the Metal Gear Solid creator’s name from as many places as it could, opened in 2012 as part of the company’s “commitment to expanding our development footprint,” president Tomoyuki Tsuboi said at the time.

Now Konami’s singing a different tune in a statement issued to Polygon:

“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 5: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.”

Konami confirms closure of Kojima Productions Los Angeles studio [Polygon]

Steven Hansen