Skullgirls Makers Say Konami Asked PSN, Xbox Live to Remove the Game

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Lab Zero, the makers of the fighting game Skullgirls, says Konami, which published the game to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in 2012, has asked Microsoft and Sony to take the game off the services.

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The administrator of the official forums for Skullgirls updated the community on the news, saying that Lab Zero found out about the impending takedown only after someone from Sony contacted the studio—though that was after the takedown request had been approved. "So the decision is probably final." The post notes that Lab Zero and Konami recently parted ways.

Kotaku has reached out to Konami representatives for additional comment; we will update this post should they give one.

The de-listing will happen on Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, according to the Skullgirls forum. Lab Zero is working to find new publishers in Europe, North America and Japan "but details are sketchy." A new publisher would mean a new build of the game, and thus new QA and certifications.

A more detailed explanation of what's taking place is at the link. One possible bright side to this is that, by hustling to finish this new build so that the game remains listed everywhere, it could speed along the rollout of a patch for the game.

Konami/Console Updates you will want to read [Skullgirls.com via Polygon]

DISCUSSION

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Important things to note from the link, from the developers:

Please, don't talk shit about Konami online. It isn't going to change anything, makes us look bad, and makes them think that they've made the right decision. Nothing good will be achieved by ripping into the powerless intern managing Konami's twitter account, etc.

Also:

If you want to buy a copy of the game to help support Lab Zero, buy the Steam version. The PS3 and 360 versions won't result in any extra money for L0 at this point, and Konami gets a cut from those.