Capcom has indicated it’d be keen to set up shop with more Western developers, while rejecting the idea of local acquisitions.
“Capcom must increase sales in the Consumer Online Games Business outside Japan, where the market for these games is larger and there is much more growth potential, in order to maintain growth,” the publisher said in a note to investors, as reported by Siliconera.
“Acquisitions and partnerships are one of the important strategies for increasing our market share overseas. We aggressively seek the opportunities of acquisitions and partnerships for the purposes of creating game content with universal market appeal and acquiring technologies and know-how required for our ‘Single Content Multiple Usage’ strategy.”
“However, a merger with a large Japanese game or toy manufacturer is not being considered as a serious option since it would not make a significant contribution to growth in our overseas sales. Furthermore, this type of merger also poses the risk of limiting our activities involving the licensing of game content.”
Publishers have been known to acquire studios based on collaborations, which puts Ninja Theory, Slant Six Studios, Fatshark, and Airtight Games on the potential target list, among others. Capcom picked up Blue Castle Games, now Capcom Vancouver, in 2010, to develop the Dead Rising series.