Street Fighter Series Executive Producer and Capcom Brand Manager Yoshinori Ono, essentially the face of Street Fighter for years, has announced on Twitter that he will be leaving Capcom this summer. He has been with the company “almost 30 years.”
He stated this in a letter that spent most of its first half noting the unusual condition of the world and reflecting on the success of, yet also current hardship faced by, the Capcom Cup and Capcom Pro Tour 2020. Following that, Ono expressed, “I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even nonexistent times. My heart is filled with appreciation to those players who’ve been giving warm and kind support on the brand especially (a) little over the past decade or so as all the activities on the Street Fighter brand regained sunshine and grew its liveliness.”
— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) August 9, 2020
Yoshinori Ono has faith in the new generation of Capcom stuff to preserve the SF brand and keep leading “the World Warriors.” He also sensitively expressed his melancholy that he couldn’t tell everyone that had been meaningful to his career about his resignation in advance: “I’ve been trying to contact those whom I’ve gotten to work with in the past about my resignation. 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.”
Ono thanked everyone again, from operational staff to fans, and gave no hint of what his next move will be. That said, the man has earned a break. His absence will be felt in the fighting game community for times to come.
But in all honesty, this hysterical video is what I’ll always associate with the man: