While Konami is still insistently denying that the brains behind popular hit franchise "Metal Gear" has left them, new reports have been surfacing as of late stating that the company has just shut down more of Hideo Kojima's studios. Konami has now shut down the Los Angeles-based studio that is behind "Metal Gear Online," cutting over 20 jobs and raising questions over the PC port of the said game.
"Metal Gear Online" is already available for current generation consoles including "Xbox One" and "PlayStation 4," although the PC version was moved to a later date in order to get the base game out two months ago. The rumors of Konami shutting down the studio began after a couple of its developers tweeted about the job losses.
Later on, reports suggest that Konami has confirmed that it has indeed shut down the studio based in Los Angeles via a statement that has been emailed to popular gaming site 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," Konami said in the email to Polygon.
The studio based in Los Angeles first opened for business back in 2013. It has worked on the company's latest installment of "Metal Gear" and its multiplayer content "Metal Gear Online." Konami will still continue its support for the "Metal Gear" franchise, and its PC port is still on its way to Steam in the opening of next year. As such, gamers on the PC platform can still expect the game without any worries.
Hideo Kojima already left the company last month, following the news that his name has been removed from "Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's" promotional materials. Furthermore, Kojima Productions had absorbed into Konami and "Silent Hills." But the title that was being worked on by famed Mexican Guillermo Del Toro and Kojima had also been canceled.