We heard rumors floating around in the past few hours, but Konami finally confirmed it. Kojima Productions Los Angeles is no more.
The studio was recently renamed Konami Los Angeles Studios, and recently focused on the development and upkeep of the latest installment of Metal Gear Online.
“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 Phanton Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.”
It’s always sad to hear this kind of news, and our thoughts go to the developers affected and to their families. Hopefully they’ll all find new places where to express their talent soon enough.