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Konami, Hudson Join Forces

Will this lead to Bomberman-Metal Gear crossovers in the future?

Andriasang has translated a Japanese press release announcing that Konami will be completely buying up Hudsonsoft. Previously, Konami owned over 50% of Hudson. This transaction means that Konami will own Hudsonsoft in its entirety. While matters like company name changes and merging business operations are still being worked out, Konami has decided to replace Hudson CEO Michihiro Ishizuka with Konami Digital Entertainment's Kazuhiko Uehara.

Konami hopes to leverage Hudson's experience in game development, digital distribution, and social network gaming to expand their own enterprises. Konami plans to continue to support Hudson's popular IPs with new projects.

The transaction will take place when the CEO change occurs, so expect further information like new project plans and company integration announcements to occur at that time.


 

Comments

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 12:51 AM

Well this is semi-big news

I guess.

Nick DiMola Director

01/21/2011 at 08:26 AM

Hey, thanks for making my PR duties easier, Konami!

But seriously, this news is kind of surprising, as I had no idea that Konami already owned Hudson. Now that they are going to be a complete subsidiary, I'll be interested to see what comes of it.

There are going to be a number of big franchises all under one roof, so I'd hope Konami cashes in on that in some way.

Nate Hascup Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 05:16 PM

I was joking with Kathrine that instead of a new Mario Party Hudson would now be making Super Konami Party.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 07:12 PM

They already kind of did that with a fighter a while back. It had Snake, Bomberman, and a few other characters I can't recall right now. Regardless, without much knowledge of how markets work, I read this as Konami making a statement of confidence in regard to Hudson's work, so hopefully we'll see some great stuff come from them in the future.

Chris Mabrey Staff Alumnus

01/23/2011 at 03:04 AM

I like the picture.

I actually like Jason's take as Konami making a statement. Now I'm looking forward to their future as well. Just no more Milon and his Secret Castle. Those music notes...

Anonymous

01/23/2011 at 11:42 AM

What a misleading headline.

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