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Metal Gear Online studio shuttered; Konami let go more than 20 staff

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There’s been a lot made of Konami’s move away from big-budget game development, and my goodness is Metal Gear big. The Phantom Pain had a competitive stealth shooter as a side dish - the most ambitious iteration of Metal Gear Online yet. Though the multiplayer component won’t appear on PC until a patch after Christmas, the LA team responsible for it has already been disassembled.

Rumours of the closure popped up among developers on Twitter yesterday, and now a Eurogamer source confirms that Konami have shuttered the studio, letting go of over 20 staff in the process.

The LA wing of Kojima Productions opened in 2013, first to contribute to the Phantom Pain before turning their attention to Metal Gear Online. It once housed over 50 developers, but numbers had already dropped off earlier this year. In March, as Konami were busy stripping Hideo Kojima’s name from The Phantom Pain’s cover, the studio was renamed rather matter-of-factly as Konami Los Angeles Studio.

The audacious auteur himself is reported to have left the studios that bore his name about a month ago, after a farewell party attended by around 100 guests. But Konami insist that Kojima is on holiday.

How’re you getting on with The Phantom Pain? Large, isn’t it?

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Flappers(2 days 2 hours played)
2 Years ago

It's not confirmed yet, this is just a rumour... but it wouldn't surprise me if it has

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Esivo(12 hours played)
2 Years ago

Kojima-san. Ven are you comin back from horridau?

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2 Years ago

Always sucky when people lose their jobs.

However with the Phantom Pain I can't say it's even remotely anywhere near my favourite games of the year so it makes it difficult for me to truly shed a year. It has some elements that are really pretty good and then it mixes it with a lot that aren't quite so good all piled on top of what I found to be a very silly story (I'll admit I'm not really a Kojima/MGS nut though - tinkered with some of the original games and found most to be pretty mediocre but again, that's just how I feel personally about them).

Anyway at the end of the day as long as there are people out there that do enjoy the game then it makes it even worse that they might potentially no longer be developing sequels in the future using the same development team/director/designer.

NihlusGreen Avatar
2 Years ago

GL with the job hunting to those affected! Also hope Kojima gets snapped up by a big publisher soon