Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Konami Shuts down LA Studio, Apologises for PES Roster Too

Konami have recently closed their LA studio losing around 35 jobs with it. News of the closure hit developers yesterday. The studio opened as a branch of Kojima Productions in 2013 to help with the development of MGS V, but they were more focused on Metal Gear Online, the game's multiplayer component (which isn't half bad)

It once employed between 50 and 60 people, and was renamed Konami Los Angeles Studio from Kojima Productions LA during the beginning of Kojima's departure. His departure led to what was considered an unfinished game in the form of MGS V's story, and a game that was cancelled altogether, the massively anticipated and massively mourned Silent Hills.

The online component of Metal Gear Solid 5 launched on the 6th of October, with updates and patches to keep it going. Work on this section of the game has now been transferred over to the Konami Japanese studio, and was actually transferred just before the release of Phantom Pain. The LA studio provided support, as well as making new ideas for games. There is yet to be a development on the matter.

In other Konami-related news, their football series PES has received a patch that updates the roster- except it didn't update it fully. However this only affected the offline modes and not the online, so the main attraction of most sporting series and multiplayer games as a whole (i.e. the online modes) are fine because of different processes for updates.

 It didn't take into account the final days of transfers which is where most of the moves happen, which means the update was almost for naught. Konami apologised for the issue, stating:"It's frustrating for the fans, and for the team making the game. We assure everyone that we have learnt from this situation, and confirm designs to improve situations like these are currently being considered for future products."

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