Should We Be Excited About Capcom’s Future?
Capcom for years has been synonymous with legendary characters and franchises that have spawned decades of addicting video games. From Resident Evil, Street Fighter, and Megaman Capcom’s IPs have helped mold the gaming industry into the powerhouse that it is today. However, over the last decade the shareholders have seen a considerable loss as the company’s main franchises have failed to hold up to the standards that gamers have come to expect. To ward off a takeover from other enterprises the shareholders came up with a takeover defense in 2008, which included many strategies to prevent the majority of their stock from being purchased. However, it was announced recently that the shareholder’s voted to end this takeover defense which means that Capcom is now technically for sale.
Now this doesn’t mean to burn your Ryu plushy or to cry your eyes out on your fightstick because this hardly means that Capcom’s epic IPs are coming to an end. This just means that if an outside company acquires more than 50% of their stock than they will acquire the exclusive rights to many of Capcom’s most popular franchises such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, etc. And even though this initially sounds horrible for the company’s fans, is this really a bad thing?
The dwindling of their popularity over the years has a lot to do with the quality of their games and lack of innovation in their major titles. This has hindered their longevity and popularity. Square-Enix has struggled with this as well over the years with their cash cow Final Fantasy falling short of fans expectations. Capcom, like Square-Enix, has lost sight of what their fans want and have forgotten what qualities made them such a popular company to begin with. However, they are lucky enough to have as many fan favorites as Nintendo under their belt and might just need a fresh pair of eyes to help revitalize some of these titles. Another company taking the reigns will leave room for a new perspective and fresh ideas. Maybe Resident Evil can regain its crown from Dead Space in the survival horror genre and maybe favorites like Onimusha Warlords will be seen again in the future. Also, since once again they no longer have the Marvel license we will not be seeing a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 anytime soon. However, if Disney buys them maybe a Capcom vs. Star Wars? Who doesn’t want to see Zangief going toe to toe with Chewbacca. The possibilities are endless and it is exciting to think of the possible outcomes.
It will cost a pretty penny for a company to pick up the majority of the company’s shares, but there are some good possible bidders out there that could help turn this down slide around. Everyone is going to want a piece of the company’s legendary IPs, but I ask you again, is that such a bad thing?
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