In the rough of the ongoing pandemic that still being enacted by COVID-19, some upsetting information has been shared by Japanese publisher Capcom. It is that the long-standing Yoshiniro Ono, current Executive Producer for the Street Fighter Series, is departing from his role as he steps away from the company after working under the name for nearly three decades.
On Twitter, Ono shared a long reading letterhead on the announcement disclosing his emotions regarding the decision and his excitement to work with the many individuals throughout Capcom and his involvement with the competitive aspect for Street Fighter through the Capcom Pro Tour.
“I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times,” Ono shares in the writing.” “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 himself has been imbedded in the DNA of Capcom since the mid 90s. During his debut at the firm, he worked as a Music Producer for Saturday Night Slam Masters in 1993 followed by his position as a Sound Programmer for Street Fighter Alpha two years later; being uncredited for both. It wasn’t until 1997 that Ono was properly credited for his efforts Music Composer for Mega Man: Battle & Chase.
By 1998, Ono was then signed as a Producer for Street Fighter and has been involved with the series among other Capcom brands. Previously this year, Ono himself is responsible for denouncing the alleged Nintendo Switch version that was a lingering rumor at the start of the new decade during the Pre-COVID era.
Elsewhere this year, it was discovered that Takeshi Yamazaki who directed a handful of younger Ace Attorney titles also left from his role at Capcom. You can read the full report by heading here.
What is your favorite game that Yoshinori One was involved in?