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.
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.