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Published:February 4th, 2014 10:47 EST
If Capcom Goes Bankrupt, Who Else Could Handle Their Franchises?

If Capcom Goes Bankrupt, Who Else Could Handle Their Franchises?

By Derek Sanders

A few months ago, it was reported that Capcom, the video game developer behind franchises such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Mega Man, and many more, only had $152 million left in the bank. That may be a large sum for one person, but not so for one of the largest third-party publishers in the gaming industry. Gamers blamed several of Capcom`s recent practices for its financial troubles from canceling high-profile projects to nickel-and-diming customers through downloadable content to drastically changing the content of long-standing game franchises. Some are speculating that if this continues, Capcom may go bankrupt and sell off its franchises before it goes out of business. If this were to happen, here are a few companies that could handle some of Capcom`s games.

SNK  - As the company behind the King of Fighters franchise, SNK is skilled at making fighting games. Years ago, it had a crossover with Capcom, aptly named SNK vs. Capcom showing that Capcom`s characters fit in well with SNK`s style and vice versa. If Capcom goes bankrupt, SNK could handle Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Rival Schools, and most of Capcom`s other fighters. Some may say the animation of King of Fighters XIII (SNK`s latest fighting game) is not as detailed as the visuals of the latest Street Fighter game, but the important thing is the gameplay and SNK would be able to preserve the depth and mechanics of these games.

Nintendo - Along with Capcom, Nintendo is known as one of the company`s that made gaming what it is today, creating series of well-received and innovative games since the medium`s early years. In addition, Nintendo recently partnered with Capcom to allow Mega Man to become a playable character in their crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. As a company whose best-known franchises are the ones they have been producing games in for decades, Nintendo knows how to treat long-running franchises. They are also known for making games that are complex and challenging while at the same time, light-hearted and fantastical. They could be the company to handle Capcom`s classic franchises like Mega Man and Ghosts N` Goblins and modern games that grew to popularity on Nintendo`s own consoles like Ace Attorney or Zack & Wiki.

Platinum Games -  Run by former key members of Clover Studio, a former Capcom development studio, Platinum Games has seen recent success producing games like Madworld, Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101. During their partnership with Capcom as Clover Studio, the developers created game series with unique art styles and eccentric, fast-paced gameplay like Viewtiful Joe, Okami, and God Hand. If Capcom were to sell off its franchises, it would be best if this company were to regain control of its creations. In addition, with the style of the games they make, they could also work well with some of Capcom`s other eccentric, fast-paced titles like Devil May Cry, Cyberbots, or Power Stone.

Konami - As the company best known for franchises like Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill, Konami is best when working on action games. It started from the early years of video games, when the side-scrolling shooter Contra popularized cheat codes with the infamous Konami Code and even now, their games still generated large amounts of attention when being developed. With Konami`s focus on action stories with powerful characters, they could be the company to handle series like Resident Evil, Dead Rising, Lost Planet, and Asura`s Wrath. The Resident Evil series has received heavy criticism for moving away from its roots as a survival-horror game, but with the studio behind another well-known horror series like Silent Hill assisting them, the series may find its way back to being the horror game that the fans are asking for.

Square-Enix -  Square-Enix is best known for making role-playing games (RPGs for short). Final Fantasy, The World Ends With You, Kingdom Hearts and more have given gamers engaging stories with complex characters and environments. Capcom`s role-playing games like Monster Hunter and Breath of Fire would fit in well with Square-Enix`s roster of games. Even though they have different styles of gameplay, they work to tell stories with different layers and elements to them. Aside from that Square-Enix, back when it was known as Squaresoft, helped in the creation of the early games in the Breath of Fire series, so letting them have access to that series again would allow them to develop more games in that classic style.