There are reports today that Konami has shut down its Los Angeles studio, which was responsible for Metal Gear Online. 3D Realms founder George Broussard was the first to make a statement about the alleged closure on Twitter. Eurogamer is also stating it has received confirmation from its own sources that the Metal Gear Online team in Los Angeles has been let go, with the ongoing work being handled by Konami in Japan. The publisher hasn’t made a comment on the closure yet.
Metal Gear Online only launched a month ago and has received a patch to balance it since. However, Metal Gear Online has yet to be released on PC and now its future may be uncertain. The PC version of Metal Gear Online was given a broad 2016 release window. If Konami cancels that portion of Metal Gear Solid V for PC players then it will seriously hurt its reputation. The company is already in many people’s bad books for the way it handled Kojima’s departure, as well as the cancellation of Silent Hills.
UPDATE: Konami has officially confirmed the closure in a statement to 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. 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.