Konami's LA Studio Shut Down
After rumors circulated earlier this week, Konami has officially confirmed the closure of their L.A Studio. Konami's L.A. Studio was founded as Kojima Productions L.A. The team there would work on MGSV and Metal Gear Online throughout those two years.
"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. "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."
This comes in the series of business changes Konami has undergone since Metal Gear Director and Creator, Hideo Kojima, made plans to leave Konami earlier this year. Konami L.A.'s main work at the time prior to its closure was working on Metal Gear Online. Although Konami has stated that they will continue to support Metal Gear Online, one has to wonder how this will effect the unreleased PC version of MGO.
MGO is still scheduled to come out on PC in January of 2016 and will be free for all who purchased Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Also, Kojima allegedly will no longer have a non-compete clause contract by the end of the year.