Just one year after acquiring the studio, Konami has announced that they will wholly absorb Hudson Soft, effective March 1.
Since their buyout last year, they have mainly focused on mobile content for Konami, none of which I recognize apart from some iOS Bomberman titles; however from the sounds of if, this was far from a hostile takeover… the Hudson board members voted to become one with their overlord of their own volition.
From a common-sense, business perspective (oxymoron?) the change makes sense; operating under one name helps raise brand awareness and increases your businesses market penetration. You can see that same idea present in many takeover scenarios, especially EA and 2K, where they like to rename their new toys by sticking their name right up front, followed by the location. Nevertheless, it will be sad to see a thirty-seven year old name and legacy leave the market for good.
I’m sure that Konami doesn’t plan to let franchises like Bonk and Bomberman just rot in their IP catalog though, so let’s pray that their next games are better than the more recent efforts (anyone who has played a recent Bomberman game knows what I’m talking about). At least that way, Hudson Soft can live on through its legacy of games.
Source : Andriasang