Hudson Entertainment To Close At The End Of The Month

  • 69 results
  • 1
  • 2
Avatar image for bradnicholson
Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Here’s some bummer news to begin your morning: Hudson Entertainment, probably most popular for its Bomberman projects and Deca Sports, is shutting down at the end of the month, says brand manager Morgan Haro in a recent and candid blog post. All of the studio’s future projects have been canned, as the studio’s services are no longer needed.

In the post, Haro offers no cut-and-dried reason as to why the studio is closing, but he does note a couple of factors that certainly contributed. Bad communication and collaboration with Japanese parent Hudson Soft, the shriveling audience for Japanese games, the lack of innovation from Hudson itself, and the growing indie movement all had a hand in this sad development, according to Haro. 
 

No Caption Provided

Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami completed a takeover of Hudson earlier in Jan. 2011, and while Hudson US is closing, the Hudson Japan will continue to operate, though its new focus is on social games.
Avatar image for bradnicholson
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Here’s some bummer news to begin your morning: Hudson Entertainment, probably most popular for its Bomberman projects and Deca Sports, is shutting down at the end of the month, says brand manager Morgan Haro in a recent and candid blog post. All of the studio’s future projects have been canned, as the studio’s services are no longer needed.

In the post, Haro offers no cut-and-dried reason as to why the studio is closing, but he does note a couple of factors that certainly contributed. Bad communication and collaboration with Japanese parent Hudson Soft, the shriveling audience for Japanese games, the lack of innovation from Hudson itself, and the growing indie movement all had a hand in this sad development, according to Haro. 
 

No Caption Provided

Metal Gear Solid publisher Konami completed a takeover of Hudson earlier in Jan. 2011, and while Hudson US is closing, the Hudson Japan will continue to operate, though its new focus is on social games.
Avatar image for bassman2112
#2 Posted by bassman2112 (1114 posts) -

Sad news...
 
I... Guess?
 
I mean, I really loved Bomberman and stuff back in the N64/Gamecube days, but since then it hasn't been super wonderful. So it's definitely sad but.... I'm not crushed....

Avatar image for ajamafalous
#3 Posted by ajamafalous (13399 posts) -

That's a shame. I fondly remember some old Hudson games.

Avatar image for guthwulf
#4 Posted by guthwulf (306 posts) -
@Bassman2112 said:
" Sad news...  I... Guess?  I mean, I really loved Bomberman and stuff back in the N64/Gamecube days, but since then it hasn't been super wonderful. So it's definitely sad but.... I'm not crushed.... "
My sentiments are kinda like that. Although I'd have to get back as far as the Genesis Bomberman to feel any real nostalgia for Hudson games.
Avatar image for dandead
#5 Posted by dandead (200 posts) -

Wow that's sad. Konami persumably brought the company for their back catalog, closed down the american branch and are now making the japanese side make web browser games and mobile apps. These are sad times indeed, I shall play some Saturn Bomberman tonight in honur of this tragic news.

Avatar image for foggen
#6 Posted by Foggen (1023 posts) -

MASTER HIGGINS NOOOOOOOO

Avatar image for 02sfraser
#7 Posted by 02sfraser (855 posts) -

Poor Hudson. I was hoping for some Bomberman 3D download or something.

Avatar image for themartino
#8 Posted by TheMartino (136 posts) -

Bummer. Many of my parties salute you, Hudson.

Avatar image for hailinel
#9 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

That's sad news.  It's good to know that Hudson Japan will live on in one form or another, but the people at the U.S. Hudson office will all be looking for new work soon.

Avatar image for alwaysbeclothing
#10 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (1781 posts) -

I wonder if this means Natsumi is going through something similar?  I wonder how well Harvest Moon continues to do since they basically put out the same thing every year.

Avatar image for zaxex
#11 Posted by Zaxex (625 posts) -

For what it's worth Bomberman Live! was probably my favourite ever XBLA game, that I played for a few hundred hours; great fun with friends and family. 

Avatar image for racian
#12 Posted by Racian (8 posts) -

There goes my hope for Bloody Roar on a next gen console :(

Avatar image for swamplord666
#13 Posted by swamplord666 (1816 posts) -

although I can't remember the last hudson game i was anticipating, I hope all the best for the devs. layoffs suck and this seems to be a more common occurance these days in the games industry :/ 
I saw a dev recently and he was anticipating a close down. Hopefully nothing happens there.

Avatar image for mrcellophane
#14 Posted by MrCellophane (570 posts) -

The post has been taken down. Wth?

Avatar image for fazzle
#15 Posted by fazzle (348 posts) -

:( Now where will my next gen Adventure Island come from?

Avatar image for machofantastico
#16 Posted by MachoFantastico (6283 posts) -

Never good to hear about studio closures. 

Avatar image for mannalive
#17 Edited by MannAlive (162 posts) -

In all fairness to Hudson, they've put out a lot of horrible, horrible crap recently.

Avatar image for nictel
#18 Posted by Nictel (2695 posts) -

Is this the end of mario party?... 

Avatar image for zitosilva
#19 Posted by zitosilva (1890 posts) -

I feel bad for the all the people that lost their jobs, of course, but I can't say that losing Hudson Entertainment is indeed a great loss. They have their share of good games, sure, but those seem to be mostly in the past. All they've been doing in recent years has been, at most, mediocre and irrelevant.

Avatar image for drsnaqrite
#20 Posted by DrSnaqrite (39 posts) -

No Calling 2.

Avatar image for getz
#21 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

So there's not going to be a Milon's Secret Castle sequel?!

Avatar image for i_smell
#22 Posted by I_smell (4219 posts) -

BLOODY ROAR NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Avatar image for afroman269
#23 Posted by Afroman269 (7440 posts) -

I think Mario Party 4 was the last game by them that I enjoyed quite a lot.

Avatar image for jethuty
#24 Posted by Jethuty (1052 posts) -

Does that mean that there is no possiblity for a new bloody roar? 
 
no....no....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Avatar image for mormonwarrior
#25 Posted by MormonWarrior (2943 posts) -

Does this mean no more Mario Party? Then THANK YOU FOR CLOSING!! But really, it sucks that people lose their jobs. But seriously, I have no sad feelings about this at all.

Avatar image for mordukai
#26 Posted by mordukai (8481 posts) -

Another one bites the dust.

Avatar image for fourwude
#27 Posted by FourWude (2274 posts) -

GAMING IS DYING!!!

Avatar image for darkbeatdk
#28 Posted by DarkbeatDK (2326 posts) -

No more Star Soldier?

Avatar image for robertorri
#29 Posted by RobertOrri (1181 posts) -

I'd guess that the Japanese parent company wasn't willing to give them much room to do their own things. Hudson has completely and utterly failed to adapt to the modern market, and they're destined for bankruptcy as well if they keep this up.

Avatar image for slightconfuse
#30 Posted by SlightConfuse (3996 posts) -

no more mario party
Avatar image for solh0und
#31 Posted by Solh0und (2045 posts) -

R.I.P Bloody Roar. You WON'T be missed.....

Avatar image for mistermouse
#32 Posted by MisterMouse (3602 posts) -

hmmm another bummer... a bummer week all together.

Avatar image for toowalrus
#33 Posted by TooWalrus (13391 posts) -

Shame, I was hoping they'd make another good Mario party game, to make up for the last 4, which were pretty crappy. Maybe it coulda been for 3ds, I'd probably have... Well maybe I wouldnt have played of.

Avatar image for mechwing
#34 Posted by Mechwing (271 posts) -

Not my Mario party games! damnnit! i loved them so much.

Avatar image for yinstarrunner
#35 Posted by yinstarrunner (1314 posts) -

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn

Avatar image for authenticm
#36 Posted by AuthenticM (4301 posts) -

lol

Avatar image for 2headedninja
#37 Edited by 2HeadedNinja (2247 posts) -

I have no connection to any of their franchises ... but it's always sad to see a developer get closed. 

Online
Avatar image for mrklorox
#38 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

There go my hopes for another Adventure Island game.

Avatar image for brodehouse
#39 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

Maybe they'll sell the Adventure Island IP to Bethesda, and they make that after Skyrim.

Avatar image for endless_void
#40 Posted by endless_void (731 posts) -

Buck Bumble

Avatar image for clinkz
#41 Posted by Clinkz (1116 posts) -

Mario Party?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
(I'm not being sarcastic. This seriously sucks.)

Avatar image for bbqbram
#42 Posted by BBQBram (2478 posts) -

Don't care that much really.

Avatar image for bummey
#43 Posted by bummey (677 posts) -

:( 
 
Bomberman 64 is still the best party game ever made.

Avatar image for ypfox
#44 Posted by ypfox (19 posts) -

Man, the industry is taking one hell of a beating this year.  
My condolences to everyone this affects. 

Avatar image for jayross
#45 Posted by Jayross (2647 posts) -

Wait, so no Mario Party? Nooooooo.....

Avatar image for kyreo
#46 Edited by Kyreo (4682 posts) -

Poor Mario Party.

Avatar image for mechanized
#47 Posted by Mechanized (469 posts) -

I never wanted a new Adventure Island or Bloody Roar game more than this very moment.

Avatar image for dizzyhippos
#48 Posted by Dizzyhippos (3378 posts) -

Well that's what happens when all you do is release different versions of bomber man none of which are the one you want. Makes me wonder if the same is coming down the road for natsume

Avatar image for cspiffo
#49 Posted by cspiffo (876 posts) -

But bomberman...Mario Party...The creator of Adventure Island!?  Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!  My youth is being destroyed piece by piece.

Avatar image for xeiphyer
#50 Posted by Xeiphyer (5837 posts) -

Goddamn indie developers! All they care about is money!! >=(
 
 
 
Lack of innovation was definitely the killer here. People love bomberman but they just butchered it and rehashed old shit. Did Konami aquire the licenses for the games in the takeover? Or does the Japanese branch own those as well? Hopefully either way we can see something done with bomberman in the same vien as Pacman recently.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.