‘Street Fighter’ legend Yoshinori Ono leaving Capcom soon


Street Fighter executive producer Yoshinori Ono will leave Capcom this summer. The legend stayed for nearly 30 years and built his epic within the fighting games scene.

Yoshinori Ono is one of the Capcom originals which were there as the company grew in the ’90s. His most notable contribution includes sound production for many Street Fighter titles. From 1998, he became a producer for Capcom, including Street Fighter V.

Ono is happy for his years with Capcom

In a Twitter announcement, Ono announced his departure from the company. His long-term stay with the company created many masterpieces. Above all, the resignation likely points towards retirement or other endeavors.

“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 was part of the company in the ’90s, offering his musical talents to many games. Some of these legendary titles include Breath of Fire IV, Monster Hunter, and Devil May Cry. His most visible works, however, are the most recent Street Fighter titles.

Street Fighter VI coming soon

Street Fighter IV and V became among the most successful under Yoshinori Ono’s leadership. He represented the entire franchise with unreal fervor and attended in-person.

Capcom noted that they would be giving more support to Street Fighter V. The game came out in 2016 and will have a fifth season soon. Furthermore, the support will last up to 2021 and will include characters and gameplay updates.

SF5 director Takayuki Nakayama confirmed the addition of four new characters. These will include the goofy Dan Hibiki, Oro, Rose, and Akira of Rival Schools’ fame. The upcoming end of life support likely means Street Fighter VI is on the way.

“Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors,” noted Ono. “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 regular gamers next time around.”

Yoshinori Ono will be a legend among fighting game fanatics. Moreover, whatever future he plans to have, he will likely be a staple in the community.

Featured image courtesy of Street Fighter/Youtube Screenshot

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