Over the past year or so Konami has went through major changes and it is still in transition mode. One of the company’s focus is mobile platforms and the other is Pachinko Machines.
Konami axed Silent Hills, said goodbye to Kojima (which it doesn’t admit to this day), cut content from Metal Gear Solid V and now it looks like Konami has shut down Kojima Productions LA, the studio behind Metal Gear Online.
Konami is yet to officially confirm this but reports are starting to come in. According to a Tweet from Duke Nukem Co-Creator:
BREAKING: Rumor tells me that Konami has shut down the Kojima Productions LA studio, taking with it approx 35 jobs, just before Xmas.
— George Broussard (@georgeb3dr) November 3, 2015
In a different Tweet Sony Computer Entertainment of American producer Sam Thompson said:
Really sad news about the loss of Konami's Los Angeles studio. Happy thoughts to all those affected. End of an era for sure, stay strong.
— Venice Beach Gandalf (@PortableKingpin) November 2, 2015
What will become of Konami after the dust settles? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, we can just spectate and witness the chaos. Hopefully, those sacked employees will find better jobs or be moved to a different Konami studio.