Last April, Konami bought a majority share in the Japanese game development studio Hudson Soft. Less than a year on, Konami is dissolving the studio.
Konami has had shares in Hudson Soft since 2001, but the complete buy-out only happened a year ago when the studio behind games like Bomberman, Bonk, Star Soldier, the Mario Party series and Adventure Island had been struggling.
During a meeting on January 12, Hudson board members agreed that the company should be absorbed into Konami Digital Entertainment, which means that as of March 1, Hudson will cease to exist.
Konami has not confirmed what it intends to do with Hudson’s franchises, although what is certain is that this is an end of a chapter for one of the Japanese game industry’s veterans.