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Hudson games disappear from release schedules

Publisher's 3DS titles no longer listed in Japan following major restructuring

Previously announced 3DS titles from Japanese developer Hudson have been removed from release schedules in Japan, following major restructuring and the closure of the company's US offices.

As reported by Andriasang, listings for Omega Five, Bonk and Bomberman on the 3DS have all been removed from release schedules in prominent magazine Famitsu.

The website refers to the delistings as "confirmed cancellations", but no official announcement has been made by the company - or by new owners Konami.

Konami acquired Hudson in January of this year, with the intention of making the firm a wholly-owned subsidiary. The legal process for the move will be completed by April 1.

In February Konami announced the closure of Hudson's US offices, with the intention that Hudson would begin to devote itself purely to mobile and social games, rather than traditional retail titles.

Although the Famitsu release schedule changes could be due to a number of factors, including Konami intending to publish the games under its own banner, the 3DS - and NGP - are unlikely to be a focus for Hudson going forward.

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David Jenkins