Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hudson Entertainment to Close

In preparation for the impending acquisition of Hudson Soft, the American branch of Hudson, Hudson Entertainment, is to be closed by the end of the month, and some projects have been canceled in the process.

In a now missing blog post, Hudson Entertainment brand manager Morgan Haro stated that the company would be closed by the end of the month. The company acted as US branch for Hudson Soft, working specifically on its western releases and marketing in the same markets.

The closure of Hudson Entertainment comes as the firm became redundant in the face of pending mergers with Konami, which is set to fully acquire Hudson Soft and shift its focus in the next couple months.

Hudson Entertainment was formed in 2003, although Hudson had published games via Hudson USA beforehand. Its most recent release was Lost in Shadow, which came out early January for the Wii.

Hudson Soft is believed to be changing its focus toward social and mobile projects post-acquisition. Before the announcement, Hudson had recently announced three specific 3DS projects: Bomberman, Deca Sports, and Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle. All current projects by Hudson Entertainment have been canceled, but the fate of all currently announced products from Hudson Soft is still unknown. The projects close to completion with most likely see release under the Konami brand, while those in pre-production are probably canceled or to be reshaped.

Best of luck to the team.

SOURCE: Gamasutra

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