*This rumor has been confirmed in the following statement by Konami on Nov. 3, 2015:*
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.
Now this is just a Twitter rumor, and we all know that they can go either way, but George Broussard, Co-Founder of 3D Realms has been told that Kojima Productions LA studio has shut down. If this is true, around 35 people would be losing their jobs right before the holiday season.
There is no doubt that the separation between Konami and Kojima would have an impact that would push this studio closer to closing as it was rumored earlier in the year to be on its way out; Akio Otsuka, the Japanese voice actor for Snake, tweeted in July that once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was completed that the studio would disband.
Konami has been on a downward spiral ever since they split ways with Kojima. They are now moving away from console development and focusing more on mobile devices. If these rumors are true, it further reinforces this move, as Kojima Productions LA was in charge of Metal Gear Online. Closing the studio could mean off-boarding development to another company or shutting down Metal Gear Online all together.
All in all, this would be a big metaphorical middle finger to the man that basically made Konami the game company it is today.
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