More than two decades after beginning his work on the Street Fighter franchise and leading it through several console generations, executive producer Yoshinori Ono is leaving the company.
Ono made the announcement via his Twitter page on August 9, stressing that “Capcom staff in the new generation” will be responsible for leading the Street Fighter brand moving forward and that he is looking forward to experiencing the series as a player rather than a developer now.
“I’ve been trying to contact those whom I’ve gotten to work with in the past about my resignation,” Ono added. “However, it’s quite difficult to reach out to all of [the] people I’ve associated with throughout my career for almost three decades, so I’d like to humbly ask your kind understanding. When the opportunity comes, I’d like to extend warm greetings and my appreciation to those individuals and companies I’ve had a chance to work with.”
For good measure, Ono added a Shoryuken yell at the end of his note to replace the one fans would usually get in-person, had the pandemic not disrupted the fighting game community this year.
Ono contributed to several other projects outside of Street Fighter over his years at Capcom, including Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Devil May Cry. He is also extremely active on Twitter, though nearly all of his posts have been about Street Fighter.
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