Hudson Entertainment Shutting Down

Hudson, you will truly be missed. In a blog that was posted earlier today, Hudson Entertainments brand manager Morgan Haro declared that Hudson Entertainment, the California-based branch of Hudson Soft, will be shutting down. Haro stated All of Hudsons previously planned projects have been canceled and that our office will be closing its doors at the end of February. Read on to see what else Morgan Haro had to say on the subject.

According to his blog, this extermination of Hudsons American arm is due to Konamis recent acquisition of Hudson Soft. He added that with the acquisition, there apparently wont be any need for the talents within the San Mateo offices of Hudson Entertainment. Hudson Soft will now be used for social games rather than continuing their previous plans and efforts.

Its a sad day in the gaming world but in the end, its all business. Hudson has been known for some classic games, including the Bomberman series and the Mario Party series. They will be missed, and we would like to say thank you for the games you brought us, and we wish you all the best of luck in the future.

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Bluehole Studio Branches Out, Forms En Masse Entertainment

MMORPG developer Bluehole Studio has officially announced the formation of a new subsidiary company initially formed to help localize and promote their games to Western audiences. Technically formed in 2009, En Masse Entertainment is comprised of several members who have previously worked for companies such as Blizzard, Microsoft, NCSoft, and Electronic Arts, including Warcraft/Starcraft contributor Patrick Wyatt.

En Masse Entertainment CEO Jae-Heon Yang reflects upon the team, stating that they are experts in the fields of technology, online gaming, branding and localization.

The first title that En Masse Entertainment will be bringing to the states is the Bluehole-developed Tera: The Exiled Realm of Arborea. This MMORPG is set to launch in Korea later this year, and will hit Western shores an undetermined amount of time afterwards.

While not much news has been launched about this upcoming title, the screenshots of the game show a lot of promise (these screens are actually from my personal video game wallpaper collection). Tera isnt expected to usurp the popular World of Warcraft, but with it, Jae-Heon Yang is aiming to gain a strong foothold in the Western market.