Following reports earlier this week, Konami officially confirmed that Kojima Productions Los Angeles has closed.
Here’s what the company said in a statement sent to IGN, confirming that Metal Gear Online in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will still be supported:
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 Phanton Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.
Konami didn’t say how many jobs were lost, but reports place the number around 20.
Officially announced in September 2013, Kojima Productions Los Angeles, later renamed Konami Los Angeles Studios, was set to be “instrumental in developing a variety of games, including installments of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.”
As for Hideo Kojima, reports suggest he’s left Konami, but the company insists he’s just on vacation.