With news coming out that THQ is suffering some heavy losses and facing delisted status from NASDAQ, it seems like just another publisher falling to the wayside and dying off in the same way that Midway and others did.
However, reports are coming out that Capcom is reporting a...get ready for it...52.6% loss in profits. As if that weren't bad enough, overall revenue is down by almost 26%.
I remember reading an article from Game Informer a little while ago (I believe it was in the South Park issue) that talked specifically about Capcom and this sort of weird flux that they exist in. They are an old company (one of the originals in console development) that has all of these great franchises and characters...and fails to actually adapt them into either new games or games that can appeal to Western audiences. Bionic Commando didn't do well (despite the fact that I personally enjoyed the game). Mega Man has basically been treated like an abused stepchild thanks to Capcom's pissiness that Inafune left (which that article specifically stated that Inafune leaving is part of the reason Capcom is so fucking stale anyways).
Now that Capcom is essentially relying on "guaranteed" sales on things like Resident Evil games and off-shoots as well as fighting games in order to try and make any form of money, the question I have is this...
Is there any way that Capcom can actually come out of the crapper, or is it time that they handed off their IPs to another publisher who can give them the attention they deserve?
Sure, Capcom has been working pretty fervently as of late to appeal to the Western market (Dragon's Dogma, fighting games, Dead Rising 2 being developed by Blue Castle, Bionic Commando was developed by GRIN, etc). However, nothing seems to be breaching it for them. Are Capcom's games too "Eastern" to be received well in the West from a sales standpoint?