Konami To Remove Skullgirls From Xbox Live And PlayStation Network

By Ishaan . December 9, 2013 . 8:30am

Last month, Lab Zero Games and Autumn Games, the developer and current publisher of Skullgirls respectively, announced that they were terminating their business relationship with Konami, who had previously handled publishing duties of Skullgirls on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.


The reason for this, Lab Zero CEO Peter Bartholow shared, was that Konami had been unresponsive on the matter of releasing patches for Skullgirls on consoles. As a result, the game is currently in a transition phase, during which publishing duties and responsibilities are being handed over to Autumn in their entirety.


In the meantime, however, it looks as though Konami are requesting for Skullgirls to be removed from Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Lab Zero reveal on the Skullgirls forums that both Microsoft and Sony have complied with the request, and the game will be removed from Xbox Live on December 31st, while the PSN version will be taken down on December 17th.


As a result, Lab Zero Games are currently in the process of getting a new build of the game prepped for publishing by Autumn Games on PSN and Marvelous AQL on Xbox Live. On their forums, Lab Zero write: “One of the reasons a new build is necessary is that if SG keeps using the same Communications ID for the game, Konami would be able to shut the game down whenever it wants.”


Just when this new build of Skullgirls will be up on Xbox Live and PSN is unknown at this point, as it would need to pass quality assurance first. Additionally, Sony have said that PS3 owners will not need to re-buy the game, but aren’t certain how the transition to the new build will work, as this is the first time such a situation has presented itself. Meanwhile, the Steam version of the game will be completely unaffected, as it was published by Marvelous AQL.


We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops further.

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  • MrJechgo

    You might want to add that Mike Z, or another member of Lab Zero, asked the community to stop trashtalking about Konami, because it’s not gonna help their situation.
    Still, I can’t really forgive Konami to not give a decent chance to Lab Zero after all they went through, not to mention that an indie dev needs all the support that they can get.

    • zferolie

      Well, they were saying Konami was in their right to remove it, but it is odd since they lose money, and also very sketchy because they didn’t inform Lab Zero, and has been lieing to Lab Zero and Sony about why they can’t delay it

      • Brandonmkii

        I can only assume that Konami has to pay Sony some kind of annual fee to keep the game on the PSN, and more money to patch it. It might be that they’re losing money on SG.

        • D H

          We already know there is a fee attached to uploading a patch, that’s not an assumption, thanks to the whole FEZ situation.

          As for Konami removing it… don’t they kind of have to? If they are losing their license to the game, it kind of makes sense that they would have to remove it, yes?

        • KnifeAndFork

          More like Konami lost money in a legal dispute with Autumn games and a Def Jam Rapstar track, so they lacked motivation to help Lab Zero since Autumn games was co-published within. Doing this mainly out of bitter spite.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Konami has shut down games before. See TMNT. They also killed off Hudson. No sympathy for Konami

    • AkuLord3

      Really I trash talk Konami for other reasons so its fine, this just added something that didn’t change <33

  • Herok♞

    Well good I wouldn’t want to re buy it if I ever wanted to play it again thanks Sony, plus this might be a good opportunity to add PS4/Vita support

    • Read the article ffs

      • Herok♞

        I did, why do you think I thanks said thanks Sony I won’t have to buy it again, since its being republished and they aren’t making us pay for it again, can’t assume I didn’t read something because you misinterpreted something.

    • MSJ

      da fuck?????????????

      read the fucking title you retard

    • Herok♞

      Also for anyone who didn’t understand what I meant, I wouldn’t want to rebuy the game if I ever played it again since when it will be released Sony is just gonna let people who already had the game keep it without repurchasing it, thats why I am thanking Sony, I don’t like how when people see “thanks” they think its sarcasm, and think if I was being sarcastic, why would I say it would be a good opportunity to add more content to a rerelease? This just shows its easier to press a button then to seek clarity about something and @MSJ you need to read the article, yes the title of the article says they are taking it off the store but if you would have actually read the article it says when it is republished it will be offered again for free, you should stop calling people names that you should reserve for yourself.

  • So a new version is coming to PSN? I”ll wait then I guess.

  • Go2hell66

    Would love to hear the full story behind this because as it stands this just looks like a really dick move from Konami

  • The Watcher

    Didn’t they have a fundraiser awhile back? What about the people that donated. Are they all screwed?

    • zferolie

      No. They game is coming back, it’s just a question of will it be back this month or next month

      • Steven Hunt

        Plus the PC version’s not going anywhere.

    • z_merquise

      No, the donors aren’t screwed. Lab Zero are still working for the new characters (one new character added as a DLC so far) but since they had publisher issues for the console version right now, more likely they’ll release those first in the PC version.

  • Kaihedgie

    Amazing how all it takes is for one decision for everyone to suddenly turn on a company they liked so much.

    • Sergio Briceño

      I think it’s got more to do with how they handled all previous decisions and their relationship in general. Removing the game was just the icing on the cake and at that point, it was completely understandable to be honest as the relationship was already finished.

    • CptPokerface

      It looks real bad for Konami. They did this as soon as the patch was approved on Sony’s end. Now, it’s possible it’s an unfortunate coincidence, but the timing of it is whats making Konami come out looking vindictive.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Not the first time Konami has killed off one of their games

      • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

        i am not aware of other times Konami has pulled off a move like this… would you mind telling me which times has this happened? i’m quite curious =o

    • Asura

      The Silent Hill HD collection was a product of many cumulative decisions that finally put a nail through the head of Konami for me.

  • Eder García

    i believe Konami sees nothing good for its business model on patching a game over and over and over and over, Skullgirls is far to be completed because Lab 0 made the decision on following that path (they should stick with 8 chars only and make Skullgirls Champion Edition with the new characters imo), also i now understand why they are saying this game will not be on WiiU. (i believe Nintendo is against patches, which is why the Injustice patch took a long time to arrive on WiiU)


      I believe that Konami is only interested in PES and MGS and don’t care for other games. :p

      • I miss Konami from the Early to Mid-90’s. Don’t you?

    • AuraGuyChris

      How can they be against patches if they release patches for their first-party online games?

    • Reiswindy

      There’s been already a few patches for games on Nintendo consoles… (Pokemon X & Y, COD: Ghosts, TW101 come to mind). I doubt that…

      • zferolie

        Monster hunter also has a few patches


        and DeSu Overclocked

    • KnifeAndFork

      You woulda fared better in your post if you did a little more research on Nintendo

  • SlickRoach

    Been waiting since July for Squigly on PS3, are my dreams officially crushed now? ;_;

    • AkuLord3

      Ummm no…just on Hold :p

      • SlickRoach

        My patience was just wearing thin and I’ve become extremely rusty at the game. Maybe Jojo ASB will hold me off next year until they get on their feet and sort this out. I hope all goes well.

    • Cellsai

      Konami are going to delist the current build of the game. When the new build is released, Squigly will be
      available to download alongside it. She’ll be free on each console for 3
      months from the date she releases on that console.

  • z_merquise

    All I wish is the best of luck to Lab Zero and hope they can get out of this mess.


    People need to stop reading only the headline of the article…
    Well, while it sucks, that new turn of events are also good, since the game will be published by Lab Zero on PSN (i hope this don’t hurt them too much with the whole patches and online license fee)

    • z_merquise

      I don’t think Lab Zero had enough resources to publish the game by themselves.
      As what I read, they’re working with other publishers for the new build (Autumn for XBox 360, Marvelous AQL for PS3 and CyberFront for PS3 in Japan).


        Oh, i see. I didn’t read Autumn in the text. for some weird reason i ended up reading Lab Zero and Marvelous AQL

  • mockturtle

    So should I run and download Skullgirls on my PS3 now, or wait until it’s republished?

    • Did you read the article?

      • mockturtle

        Yes, thank you. I’m just not sure what would be a safer bet… I mean, what if something happens that makes it impossible for Skullgirls to come back to PSN? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and all that sort of thing.

  • NimbusStev

    I feel like I’ve been saying this phrase more and more these days, but I sure am glad I got the PC version.

  • This reminded me I need to get the Steam version.

  • Hopefully it’s not too late to jump into the fun,

    • Eder García

      you are too late to get Squigly for free…

      • Cellsai

        Not on consoles. When this new build is released, Squigly will be available to download alongside it. She’ll be free on each console for 3 months from the date she releases on that console.

        • I mean, as long as I can get her for free on PSN without purchasing the game, I’ll be fine.

  • Eh, we all know this is only temporary. Konami was the publisher. And as the job of a Publisher, they do have this power. Besides, the game will be put back online for the Consoles later along with Squiggly and all the recent/future PC updates! And with the new publisher, no less! Autumn Games! Not to mention, Skullgirls will be on handhelds next year! But, then again, that last bit is not-so-recent news.

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