Capcom Has $152 Million In The Bank
Let that sink in - $152 million dollars. That's not a lot. At all.
Originally Posted by gameindustry.biz
More DLC. More piecemeal content. The shit that cost you the support of your dedicated fans, the people who used to make you one of the richest companies in the biz, you're going to keep on doing the shit that keeps them leaving you in mass exodus. That's your path to prosperity, huh?
No Megaman. No reviving classic franchises. No "we need to scale development costs back and make games that are fun again" kind of thinking. Just focus on mobile, focus on DLC offerings, and make it all about squeezing every thin dime possible from the customers you keep driving away in record numbers. Brilliant. Just fucking brilliant. If you ever wanted to know why Inafune left, here's your motherfucking sign.
Long live Comcept. At least they know what trends need repeating.
Last edited by Everyday Legend; 09-11-2013 at 06:39 PM.
DLC is definitely they key to surviving. I mean, just look at THQ, they're doing great now.
It surprises the shit out of me how they can squander their stable. I mean, they've got some of the strongest, most familiar licenses this side of Nintendo, and they do fuck all nothing with them. It's insane. Absolutely fucking bonkers.
Then, they ramp up plans for DLC and more shitty mobile titles in the hopes of catching that cash, while Inafune rakes it in making the game that Capcom should have made five fucking years ago. The game's not even out yet, and it's made a profit. That's what Capcom doesn't realize, and that misunderstanding of what they actually hold is what will cost them their company, in the end.
I hope they wind up having to sell Mega Man with Sega as the buyer. Ignoring the obvious Sega Man pun, it could be kind of awesome. Especially if they wrote him into the next Binary Domain and had his new series start with that world as its underpinnings.
...and yes I realize how unlikely this is. It would be really cool though.
also, The Protomen would do the official in-game soundtrack
[Level 6: Robot]
The number of times I read the word ''mobile'' in that fucking article is seriously mind shattering! Did I read that correctly? Did they really just fucking say they want to focus on MOBILE and DLC? Seriously, I'm having a VERY hard time trying to process the amount of filth I just read. How about you focus on making the games that made you CAPCOM. You know, the company we loved about 8 years ago? You'd think Dragons Dogma would be a wake up call. The game had its fair share of problems, but it was fun, new and exciting. Also guess what? IT WASN'T AIMED AT THE COD FAN BASE, unlike another title *Cough* RE6 *Cough*.
Instead of giving the fans what they want, you turn around and give them the finger, so guess what? This is the outcome, this is us giving you the finger right back, fuckers. Till you get your shit together I personally don't care if you end up with 0 money left. Live and learn.
[Level 4: Cyborg]
I honestly can't understand what is going on at Capcom. Why won't they just make a Mega Man game? I'm not even a huge Mega Man fan and I've been completely baffled with their treatment. And like you said, even beyond Mega Man they own a huge amount of awesome IPs that they just sit on.
I hope they can pull it together. Capcom has done a lot of really dumb stuff lately, but they can still crank out some great games. Dragon's Dogma is one of my favorite new IPs in ages.
They need to pull their heads out of their asses and realize that they're a Japanese company that excelled in making Japanese games. All their attempts to satiate the west (excluding Dragon's Dogma) have ended in abysmal failure. They should stop thinking like everyone else, and break away from the pack - you know, BE CAPCOM AGAIN.
Methinks they're going to run it into the ground. There's going to be a lot of quality IP for sale if they don't start flying right.
This is actually the sickest thing I have ever seen in gaming, all the Capcom Rockstars have been leaving and giving the fans continuations to classic capcom titles(Kamiya with Bayonetta/Revengeance i.e. DMC, Shinji Mikami with Evil Within i.e. Resident Evil, and Inafune with Mighty No. 9 i.e. MegaMan) while the company that brought them to us is sinking away.
Evil Within's japanese title is "Psycho Break" why does Japan get all the cool titles.
Choke on it Capcom.
Originally Posted by Hector Garfria
Well, I guess if you want something done right...you know? I can't blame any of them, truth be told.
Also, I think it's because they're not afraid to use the English language like Play-Doh.
[Level 4: Cyborg]
I’m wondering if stuff like Dead Rising: Off the Record and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen are the symptoms or the cause.
With only 152 million in the bank and the cost of current game development, living hand to mouth and gouging people with DLC and shitty mobile games for short term income might be their only option right now. Of course, they’ve been doing some of this shit for years and if they hadn’t been so focused on short term cash grabs when they should have been playing the long game they wouldn’t be in this mess.
Now all I’m thinking is who might acquire which franchises, maybe Platinum could get Devil May Cry and make a proper DMC5, open with Dante looking at himself in a black wig, saying “not in a million years” and then surfing a pizza slice down a skyscraper.
Originally Posted by Handy
Exactly. And the punchline - that DMC would likely have sold copies.
Here's a little extra bit to let sink in - DmC was one of their best selling games this year, and DmC was the worst selling entry in that franchise.
Capcom wouldn't be in this whole if they stopped shitting on their classic franchises and long term fans, and instead kept doing the things that made them famous in the first place. Capcom is so fucking screwed up right now it's kind of amazing, and I'm honestly starting to think they might be next generation's THQ.
All of the games that aimed for sweeping larger demographics of gamers (RE6, DmC) ended up flopping big time while the only recent big game from Capcom that had any kind of fucking focus (Dragons Dogma) ended up being a pleasant surprise. Everybody also forgets Capcom changed up DmC's expectations a couple of times just to make it look like less of a bust. Plus on top of that; Mighty No. 9's Kickstarter has made more money than every recent Capcom game sans RE6, Metal Gear Rising outsold DmC in a week, and Evil Within has more hype to it than any recent Resident Evil (not to mention Dead Space has pretty much crushed RE lately).
It seems like a ton of people are doing Capcom's "thing" better than Capcom. That should have been the huge wake up call for Capcom, and instead they're just going to stubbornly go further down the bad road.
The only silver lining to Capcom potentially THQ-ing themselves is that Capcom's IPs could end up going to people who could do then justice. Devil May Cry could go to Platinum. Resident Evil could go to Mikami & company. Mega Man could go to Inafune (or Nintendo, either one I'd be happy with). And all of Capcom's franchises currently stuck in limbo could have hopes of seeing the light of day again.
I'd be all for Capcom going under if there's a chance we could get another Dino Crisis out of it.
I think Visceral would be a good fit.
Curious what would happen to their fighting game IPs. It's not like they have a lot of actual developers left, since MVC3 and SF4 were mostly outsourced for development anyways. I'm not sure who's left in Japan that would buy them other than NamcoBandai maybe.
If Capcom theoretically went belly up, I'd imagine Disney would buy out the MVC rights just for distribution rights. The actual IP would be dead at that point though since one half of the name would be gone. SF would probably provoke a huge bidding war though.
SF would have a MASSIVE bidding war. I would see Nintendo stepping in to lock that down. They would be silly not to.
Megaman would likely go to Inafune. I don't think anyone would stand in his way, just out of sheer respect.
I could see Sony making a bid at Street Fighter. PS All Stars didn't work out for them and now that Xbox has Killer Instinct locked up (even though KI is going to suck), nabbing SF would be a strong counter to that.
Of course. But Nintendo has the liquid capital to deny them, and they need a definitive reason to stay relevant in the console space.
Nintendo's console relevancy (in my opinion) hinges more on Nintendo not trotting out consoles that are gimmick ridden & barely better technologically than 6 year old counterparts. I don't think nabbing Street Fighter will fix that.
Honestly, I almost think I'd rather see Nintendo snag Mega Man than Inafune. People seem to forget that Inafune was one of the minds behind some of Capcom's more recent stupid decisions before he left.