Who Should Buy Capcom, If Anyone?
Posted on Wednesday, June 18 @ 10:54:30 PST by Nicholas Tan
As Alex reported yesterday, Capcom will not be sustaining its stock takeover plan, allowing a third party to potentially buy the longtime publisher and developer out by obtaining a majority stock holding.
Our community has been quite vocal on this situation, with Deacon Hagan replying that Capcom needs to take responsibility for its "disk-locked content, dreadful reboot of a popular franchise that no one wanted, driving away many of the people [responsible] for their classic games, and not listening to their fans with regards to a certain blue robot."
We shouldn't forget that the recent departure of Street Fighter director Yoshinori Ono isn't the first time a pivotal developer has left, with Mega Man-creator Keiji Inafune resigning back in October 2010 (and now creating Mighty No. 9 as a spiritual successor) and producer of Bionic Commando Ben Judd leaving in February 2011.
That said, if any publisher or developer does buyout Capcom, who should it be?
Nintendo would be adequate choice given its longstanding history, being able to match that of Capcom. However, ShadeTail is right to be concerned about any software company (including Microsoft and Sony) being purchased by a first-party developer, which could limit Capcom's multiplatform reach.
But Nintendo has flirted with the idea of purchasing Sega, who purchased Atlus not so long ago, so swooping up Capcom isn't that far out of the box. Fellow editor Daniel Bischoff would love to see a revival of Mega Man as a Wii U exclusive, just to blow away his expectations.
While many Western developers have the capital to buy out Capcom, I think most would hesitate bringing a foreign company into the fold, and having to deal with the business ramifications and all of Capcom's properties from afar. Out of the Japanese publishers still alive, a few come to mind including Square Enix and Bandai Namco. The former seems to be concentrating on their own franchises, but their acquisition of Eidos Interactive means that they have experience here.
The latter, though, seems to be another primary choice by our community and I would have to agree. Project X Zone and Street Fighter X Tekken already tie both companies together. Namco Bandai has both Tekken and Soulcalibur, so they would be able to support Capcom's solid fighting community with Street Fighter IV. It's also no slouch when it comes to deals with television, animation, and toys, so Capcom's numerous figurines and artbooks would be in good hands. Bandai Namco Capcom (or BNC or BaNaCa or Bandai Namcom, see how many nicknames we could come up with?) would be a solid tag-team combination. And maybe they can get those FromSoftware guys to make a Resident Evil reboot too.
I could also see Marvel buying Capcom. In my imagination.
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