Hudson Entertainment To Close At The End Of February


Earlier today, Hudson Entertainment brand manager, Morgan Haro, revealed in a blog post that the company will soon be no more.


While Hudson Soft, the main company branch in Japan will continue to operate, Hudson Entertainment, which was responsible for marketing and publishing Hudson games in the U.S. — the latest being Lost in Shadow for the Wii — is being shut down at the end of the month.


In a passionate blog post explaining some of the circumstances behind the termination, Haro revealed communication issues between the company’s Japanese and U.S. divisions. “There were countless opportunities our titles weren’t taking advantage of. Numerous trends to not only watch out for and adapt to, but possibly start as well,” he wrote.


He continued “It was only at the start of 2011 did an air of change come to that communication process. But it appears it was too late.” The entire blog post can be found at the link above, and it gives some very specific insight as to what led to the sad state of affairs at Hudson today.


Hudson is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konami who also have offices in the U.S., but none of the Hudson Entertainment staff are being offered jobs at their parent company, we heard from within the company. We wish them the very best of luck.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.