Hudson Soft Being Absorbed by Konami

by Alex Culafi - January 18, 2012, 2:17 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: http://andriasang.com/comzo7/hudson_kaput/, (Andriasang)

The Hudson brand will continue to live on, however.

On March 1, 2012, Konami will be dissolving the entirety of Hudson Soft.

A notice posted by the developer revealed that the company, as well as all of their intellectual properties will be absorbed by Konami. The agreement was reached during a board meeting on January 12, part of an effort by Konami to pool all of its development resources into one company.

According to the notice, Hudson brand products and services will continue, suggesting that the company will at least live on in name. The official Hudson website will also remain open.

Hudson became a subsidiary of Konami in April of 2011, and Konami quickly shifted the developer's focus into the creation of mobile games. Konami became a major shareholder in Hudson in 2001 and bought a majority stake in 2005.

Talkback

IGamesJanuary 19, 2012

horray for a silver lining! :)

SupaKirbJanuary 19, 2012

Does this mean that my best friend Bomberman will live on? I want a new Bomberman Hero more than most things in this life!

TJ SpykeJanuary 19, 2012

Bomberman was always safe. Konami owned Hudson Soft for years (all they did in 2011 was increase it to a full 100%), so I don't see this actually changing much.

RasJanuary 19, 2012

I just hope it will mean Bonk: Brink of Extinction will be brought back from the, erm, brink of extinction.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 19, 2012

Quote from: TJ

all they did in 2011 was increase it to a full 100%

...and lay off a bunch of good people in the process. :(

TJ SpykeJanuary 19, 2012

It's always sad when game companies lay off people, no doubt about that. I don't like seeing good employees in any company get laid off.

nickmitchJanuary 19, 2012

Well, statistics say at least one of them is a jerk, so there's that.

Chozo GhostJanuary 19, 2012

A lot of video game companies have been merging lately, or cutting back, or even shutting down entirely. The economy is bad and everyone in every industry seems to be hurting.

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