Capcom is facing a dilemma after their veteran developer and producer, Yoshinori Ono quit the company, sending in his resignation, which is expected to happen in the summer.
Yoshinori was the producer that was behind the popular Street Fighter game franchise and was one of their longest-serving veteran developers at Capcom.
The Capcom developer resigned from the company a few days ago and will leave it this summer. Yoshinori announced the news on Sunday. In a message on Twitter, Ono addressed criticism of this year’s Capcom Pro Tour tournament structure — the format moved entirely online, due to the coronavirus pandemic — and revealed his impending departure.
“I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times,” Ono said. “My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness.
“And now, after serving almost 30 years at Capcom, I am leaving the company this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom’s various titles including Street Fighter.”
Ono joined Capcom in the early ’90s and worked as a sound producer on the Street Fighter series. He’s likely best known as the producer of Street Fighter 4, which revived the brand after a nearly decade-long hiatus. He served as executive producer on a variety of Capcom franchises, including Monster Hunter and Darkstalkers, and oversaw Dead Rising studio Capcom Vancouver as director.
But it was his producer roles on Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 where Ono was most visible, energetically representing the franchise in-person at fan events and tournaments.
Yoshinori Ono had worked at Capcom for over 30 years
Capcom announced in May that it would extend support for Street Fighter 5, first released in 2016, through 2021 with the fifth season of characters and gameplay updates. Street Fighter 5 game director Takayuki Nakayama and producer Shuhei Matsumoto recently confirmed four of those new characters: Dan Hibiki, Rose, Oro, and Akira from Rival Schools. Capcom is rumoured to be working on Street Fighter 6.
“Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors,” Ono said in his goodbye statement. “And, I do believe that they will continue making Street Fighter extraordinary. I will look forward to seeing the new Street Fighter brand and how it’s going to be expanded, as just one of the regular gamers next time around.”
Yoshinori has worked on a number of video game titles such as Dino Crisis 2, Onimusha, Resident Evil, Heavy Metal, Monster Hunter to mention but a few.
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