Odd news coming out of Japan today. Capcom has put out a press release revealing that their shareholders have agreed to end an existing "Takeover Defense" agreement. The agreement itself being an organized effort by shareholders to prevent the takeover of the company via an acquisition of 50% of Capcom's stock. In other words, with the agreement being struck down, it's now a possibility that Capcom could be taken over by a larger investor.
Does this announcement imply an impending sale? Absolutely not. The idea that a very aggressive and very rich investor might swoop in and attempt a takeover of Capcom by purchasing large amounts of stock is rather preposterous. Rather, the dissolution of the agreement likely has more to do with current shareholders looking to offload large amounts of stock ASAP without having to worry about this "Takeover Defense" kicking in.
Nevertheless, it's a rather romantic idea that another, larger investor might acquire Capcom and then raise it up to the glory of its past. Imagine the sky opening up and classic Mega Man, Resident Evil, Breath of Fire, Okami, Onimusha and Final Fight titles raining down. Yeah, not going to happen.
Of course, that doesn't stop us from fantasizing about Capcom being picked up by another of our favorite game publishers. Sony an Nintendo both do a decent job brining popular Japanese franchises to the world. Chinese holding company Tencent loves throwing money into the gaming industry just for the sake of it. A Microsoft acquisition could work, plus give them a foothold in Japan. Just please don't let EA anywhere near them, okay?
Should anything of actual consequence arise out of Capcom's ending of their "Takeover Defense", expect to hear about it ASAP. Until then, let's all take a moment and think about Capcom in its best days.