Konami Shuts Down Metal Gear Online LA Studio, Axes 35 Jobs

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If you’ve been following our coverage of the completely strange and somewhat depressing situation between publisher Konami, longtime employee Hideo Kojima, and his Kojima Productions studio, you’ll be sad to hear of yet another blow against Kojima and crew.

We’ve learned (via Eurogamer) from sources¬†familiar with the situation that Konami has shut down the Kojima Productions Los Angeles studio, effectively laying off approximately 35 developers.

Eurogamer is confirming via their own sources that at least 20 jobs have been lost in the process, but it’s worth mentioning that at its peak Konami’s LA studio had between 50 to 60 people employed. First they were helping develop Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, later they developed its online multiplayer component, Metal Gear Online.

Back in March, the studio resurfaced as Konami Los Angeles Studio, a move that mirrored the corporate rebranding that effectively removed Kojima Productions and Hideo Kojima’s name from various IPs, including Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

It remains to be seen what this means for Metal Gear Online, which has yet to even launch for PC owners of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. We’ve reached out to Konami for a comment.

While all sources point to Hideo Kojima no longer being with Konami and Kojima Productions being shuttered, Konami is still sticking to their story: the creator and his team are on “vacation.”

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  1. SiliconNooB
    November 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Konami is putting them on extended “holiday” – just like Kojima!

  2. Muscle Wizard
    Muscle Wizard
    November 3, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Soon enough, Konami will be on “vacation”!

  3. Karo
    November 3, 2015 at 7:41 am


  4. King of Bros
    King of Bros
    November 3, 2015 at 7:55 am

    And did you leave me anything

    You are the phantom of my past

    Do you expect me to last?

  5. tetrisdork
    November 3, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Just sell the IP. I’m sure that the new owners would allow you to use them for mobile and pachinko for cheap.

  6. tccboss
    November 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

    So looks like MGO3 is finished then huh?

  7. Rautaputki
    November 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Eh, Konami? Weren’t they some kind of a computer and video game publisher in 80s and 90s? ;^)

  8. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    November 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    It’s a good thing I’ve yet to start Metal Gear then, now I can just buy the whole series used and not support Konami at all

  9. Muten
    November 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

    So they are only going to fulton S++ employees? the rest, blast arm to the face.

  10. a posing fedora
    a posing fedora
    November 3, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I hope this somehow means we PC players will not get MGO, the backlash would be glorious.

  11. Evil_Jesus
    November 3, 2015 at 9:54 am

    And on the heels of this, news of Konami gearing up for another “large scale” Metal Gear Solid?

  12. Offendatron_5000
    November 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    This is getting so bad, I think Konami even being bought out by EA may be a better outcome than the current trend for this company.

  13. Derek
    November 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

    They got other pfofitable businesses. Enjoy your shitty future of panty quests and mediocre shovelware.

  14. Nagato
    November 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Why were they still there? Just to suffer?

  15. NuclearCherries
    November 3, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Konami are clearly retarded.
    A shame too, since they have some IPs that I just adore, such as castlevania. 1999 will never come now.

  16. Maiq TheLiar
    Maiq TheLiar
    November 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Panty quests? I’m down.

  17. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    November 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    clearly Konami was triggered by their incorrect use of “clips” in the UI when the single player didn’t have that mistake.

  18. Kamille Bidan
    Kamille Bidan
    November 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Looks like Konami played us all like a damned fiddle

  19. Carl_Ed
    November 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t recall ever encountering a panty quest in a Konami game. Maybe the future isn’t quite so dark after all.

  20. Derek
    November 3, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I mean to for the industry as a Whole. Konami is gonna keep profitimg off fitness and gambling and card games. Meanwhile the only company continuing to localize are the mediocre ones

  21. anon9370
    November 4, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Never say that. I’d rather have every Konami franchise wiped from the face of gaming history than to see them transform into diverse celebrations of transracial Jewish Black genderfluid otherkins on a quest to teach the male cis scum to check their privilege.