Hudson Entertainment Closing Down

Hudson Entertainment Closing Down

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An insider at Hudson Entertainment has broken the news that his company is closing its doors following Konami's purchase of Hudson Soft.

This isn't a good week for those who work in the videogame industry. First, there was the news that Harmonix had been hit with layoffs and now it turns out that Hudson Entertainment is shutting down.

The company's closure is due to Konami buying Hudson Soft, the parent company of Hudson Entertainment. This isn't entirely surprising, since Konami already has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and presumably wouldn't need Hudson Entertainment to publish games in the US.

According to a blog post by Morgan Haro, the brand manager for Hudson Entertainment: "It was revealed today that all of Hudson's previously planned projects have been canceled and that our office will be closing it's doors at the end of February ... There apparently won't be any need for the talents within the San Mateo offices of Hudson Entertainment."

Morseo, Haro talked about how a factor in the closure was the difficulty in bringing Japanese games over to Western markets:

As the industry continues to march towards the drum of Western game development, Hudson became for me, a symbol of why Japan has fallen behind when it comes to bringing world-wide hits to gamers. The act of producing and developing a game in Japan, and then bringing that game over to the US to compete in an increasingly competitive market is more and more, and incredibly tough proposition. A challenge in itself to be sure, but to compound the issue, minimal communication and stifled collaboration seems to be hampering the chances of success. In previous generations, developers only had so many factors to worry about to produce a title that meets a general level of acceptance. But as we, as gamers, became more accustomed to games that demanded not only more from the player, and in turn, more from the developer, many companies seem to be having a hard time keeping up.

It should be noted that Hudson Soft itself is not closing down and will keep its offices in Japan. Hopefully everyone at Hudson Entertainment will be able to land on their feet.

Source: Experience Points via Joystiq

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But... but... Mario Party...

Best of luck to them.

That's news to me. I thought they went out of businees years ago. I haven't see a game with their logo on it in a very long time.

NOOOOOOOOOO! Where will I get my Mario Party games? But in all seriousness, I hope that things go well for them.

Mario Party 2 was one of the best games for the N64. You will be missed, Hudson.

Do note that it's only Hudson's US division that's affected. The Japanese side (which developed the Mario Party and Bomberman franchises, and probably most of the games with the Hudson label) is unaffected by this move. I'd imagine Konami's US division will be taking over Hudson Ent's roles.

Daystar Clarion:
That's news to me. I thought they went out of businees years ago. I haven't see a game with their logo on it in a very long time.

In the week where Zero Punctuation reviews a Hudson game...

this is all Activision's fault! if they weren't here making the market be crowded with shooters trying to be like Modern Warfare then we would have more companies out there actually making good games!

Why can't they just not make a Cash-In of Duty game for a year? or two? or ever again?

I hope all the affected employees make out okay. And I hope good things start happening for Hudson Japan. I'd kill to have another Kororinpa (but like the first one, without the stupid ant nonsense).

Wait, what?

Who's Hudson?

Seriously, it's been so long I forgot they had made games...

Gindil:
Wait, what?

Who's Hudson?

Seriously, it's been so long I forgot they had made games...

I loved them for bomberman... (prays that I have the right developer)

hmm according to wikipedia these guys had a hand in bloody roar ... I liked those games

There goes bloody roar and Mario Party 9 and Bomberman...

Delusibeta:
Do note that it's only Hudson's US division that's affected. The Japanese side (which developed the Mario Party and Bomberman franchises, and probably most of the games with the Hudson label) is unaffected by this move. I'd imagine Konami's US division will be taking over Hudson Ent's roles.

Well that's good.

But...I do blame them for the crappy Deca Sports Series for the Wii and Xbox 360...

Seems like no one remembers Hudson Soft for Bomberman....

vansau:
This isn't a good week for those who work in the videogame industry. First, there was the news that Harmonix had been hit with layoffs and now it turns out that Hudson Entertainment is shutting down.

And, of course, it's only Tuesday. :(

Best of luck to all the people who find themselves looking for work because of this.

Adventure Island FTW!

Pfft. I don't have or care about any Hudson ga.......

*Memories of Bloody Roar 2 and Primal Fury*

Now they'll never make a perfected Bloody Roar game. ;_;

This is quite sad, I loved Mario Party back in the day and they were responsible for many a good afternoons gaming with friends. You guys have my eternal thanks and I hope everybody there lands on their feet.

Nooo, not my Mario Party games. Those were great fun back in the N64 days.

ProjectTrinity:
Pfft. I don't have or care about any Hudson ga.......

*Memories of Bloody Roar 2 and Primal Fury*

Now they'll never make a perfected Bloody Roar game. ;_;

*offers hug* yeah, they had to make least one more, and a good one , to make up for 4
(still have my copy of 3 though :3)
not to mention making a REAL bomberman game >.> not that crap that was shat out a few years back

Checks wiki...

Oh no, no more Mario Parties. :D

Mario party 1 was the best mario party game of All Time

They worked on the blood roar game maybe that's why the franchise sucks balls they need a better developer and publisher for that game franchise.

I remember Bomberman 64 for N64 the 4 player mode was fun.

I'm sorry to hear that, I was looking forward to the new Bonk game they were developing at Hudson Entertainment. It looked swish. Goodnight sweet Bomberman.

I loved the Bomberman games of the N64, I also loved Mario Party 2, 3 & 4 (Mario Party 1 is a controller murderer, many sticks died trying to bring joy and fun).

Such a shame... well, I guess we'll see Mario Party 9 with Konami's label now.

Azaraxzealot:
this is all Activision's fault! if they weren't here making the market be crowded with shooters trying to be like Modern Warfare then we would have more companies out there actually making good games!

Why can't they just not make a Cash-In of Duty game for a year? or two? or ever again?

They won't because, bizarrely enough, they're a company. And companies are out to make money. And those shooter games make a metric fuckton of money. That's like walking up to a guy who's spent years mining gold and asking him to blow up his goldmine.

Such a shame. I honestly enjoyed Hudson Soft's work both past and present. I can understand why they would go out of business stateside as their impact and releases onto consoles have been a lot less prominent to the point where you don't even hear much even from their franchises characters.

Ah just closing down the US division as it dose not handle much development,ect it just helps with publication mostly and Konami already has a better division for that.

vansau:
Hudson Entertainment Closing Down

It should be noted that Hudson Soft itself is not closing down

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Thats a bad title then. Or is entertainment just in the us publishers name.
Not meaning to attak or anything but if there was one thing i would change about the escapist it would be the sensationalist and consistently factually wrong titles. So im way oversensitive with that stuff^^

It seems that the times are changing and games are more and more being developed in the west. It'll be a shame if western games take over completely, I liked the difference and strange things in many of the Japanese games. Only time will tell, I suppose. I hope the employees can find work doing what they love.

I'm sure they will be fine; most of the games made by that studio are iPhone-type games, and that market is huge right now.

*fires up a bomberman game*
*voice shrieks*:
"Bay HUDOSAN!"

Good times... good times

As long as the Bomberman games are intact, I'm fine. (although a bit sad taht someone is losing their job, but that happens every day)

As someone who is trying to get into the games industry this is never something I want to hear // Let's hope that those guys all find new places to work or even start up a new company& bring something fresh to the gaming world

-M

 

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