Konami to close Hudson Entertainment

Maybe it's a sign of the times, or just the reality of 'the biz', but not a week seems to go by in the videogame world without news of a studio shutdown or developer layoffs. Unfortunately, this week's victim is none other than Hudson Entertainment, the North American localization arm of Japan's Hudson Soft, which will folding up shop at the end of February...

Formed in 2003 to replace Hudson Soft USA and handle Hudson Soft's western publishing duties, Hudson Entertainment was recently deemed to be a lost cause by Konami who had wholly acquired Hudson Soft and all of its divisions earlier this year. The news was confirmed today via Hudson Entertainment's brand manager, Morgan Haro, who took the opportunity through his blog to bid adieu to his fellow coworkers and reflect on how the developer lost its footing in the west.

“Like every company, Hudson Entertainment wasn’t perfect,” wrote Haro. “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.”

Haro added while Hudson Entertainment tried to stay afloat with 'cash-in' titles like Oops! Prank Party, and more original fare like Lost in Shadow for the Wii and Bomberman: Live for XBLA, that the lack of communication between Hudson Entertainment and its Eastern counterparts ultimately proved too stressful on the development process.

“It’s clear that we didn’t have the money muscle to bring on big talent, and create big experiences. In this current landscape, it’s tough now to have companies that find a place somewhere right in the middle. You’re either a hit, or an indie developer looking to be a hit.”

Though Hudson Soft USA is a distant memory, seeing the final crumbs of the Hudson Soft legacy on this side of world swept away is depressing all the same. As always, we wish the best for the Hudson Entertainment staff.

Feb 9, 2011 

[Source: Edge Online]


  • ProfessorBonk - February 11, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    But... I love Bomberman games.. :(
  • ohms - February 11, 2011 5:44 a.m.

    "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." Not every people want all games to be Westernize, especially with BomberMan series ( BomberMan act Zero, everyone?). Japanese games still have some charms on their own. If and only if, they know how to maximize their charms and make very good use of them, I think their games still sell well.
  • Xobi - February 10, 2011 9:47 a.m.

  • SerpentineZERO - February 10, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    What's with the bad news? True Crime, this, and Guitar Hero, to an extent (well, and Marvelous's RPG cancellation).
  • Crimmy - February 10, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Really very sad. Bomberman, you will be a very missed franchise.
  • Robusken - February 10, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    Man this depresses the kid inside me.
  • Eliath - February 10, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    This makes me a sad panda (and I was planning to say that even before I realized 510BrotherPanda just posted above). If you add up all the time I've spent playing Bomberman games it's probably the series I've spent the most time playing. The games were always simple and fun. They didn't need a gimmick, overly sexed up female characters, or gruff and foul-mouthed space marines. I distinctly remember playing the SNES Bombermans with mom versus my best friend and his mom back in the early 90s. Hudson, you will be missed.
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 9, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    I don't know... quirky Japanese-styled games are still welcomed in the US, aren't they? It's not ALL about squad/cover shooters, is it? Oh well. Hudson US, you'll be missed.
  • shawksta - February 9, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    HUDSON! NOOOO! I WANT MORE BOMBERMAN AND MARIO PARTY D: BULLSHIT KONAMI, Cpacom got ALLOT of franchises from japan to Be popular here, Ace Attorney, Monster Hunter, Ghost Trick, Just because their Eastern games wont cover that much doesnt mean they cant do western games. I blame the Increase of Shooters everybody has to keep Rehashing, their so Overused Japan thinks we only want them and give up on us.
  • Robx - February 9, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Wow...this one did hurt, a lot... I've always enjoyed Hudson's party games as they are a blast with friends, and I'm a fan of the Bomberman this one's so messed up. May I ask, will this closure affect any of the ongoing services? Like Bomberman Ultra, or even the Home space?
  • WTeen8 - February 9, 2011 9:30 p.m.

  • elpurplemonkey - February 9, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Sad sad news, but Haro is right. Hudson failed to adapt and their American branch getting closed was the result. If they would have had more foresight, then perhaps they would have focused on more games for XBLA, PSN and Steam even. But who knows if that would have been enough. It's just a difficult climate for devs right now.
  • HumorTumor - February 9, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    T_T nooooooo
  • ChiefLethal - February 9, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    NOOOOO!!!! What about my next gen Milon's Secret Castle!?!?!?!!
  • Thomas233701 - February 9, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    This sucks they have made many good games over the years.
  • WillisTron - February 9, 2011 8:26 p.m.

  • legory - February 9, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Saaad faaace. :(

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