As it prepares to shut down its North American office and fully join Konami, Hudson Soft intends to cut staff to support a shift in focus to creating games for social networking services.
Japanese developer and publisher Konami announced its purchase of a 100 percent stake in the company in January, and will complete the transaction next month. Hudson has already seen major changes as a result of the takeover, including the imminent closure of its U.S. subsidiary
And at a shareholder meeting today, it was revealed that Hudson will shed around 40 employees at its Japanese operations in April through a voluntary redundancy program, according to
Andriasang. Volunteers for the program will receive severance, job placement assistance, and other bonuses.
Konami already has a slight presence on Facebook, having released titles based on its popular franchises on the social network, such as Frogger
and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Challenge
. It also released its first original social game
on Facebook, Viva! Mall
, three months ago.
At the end of the month, Hudson Soft CEO Michihiro Ishizuka will step down, replaced by Konami's digital division CEO Kazuhiko Uehara.