After many years at the helm of the Street Fighter series, Yoshinori Ono has decided to publicly confirm his resignation. The announcement comes just days after a trusted insider source leaked about alleged internal issues within Capcom affecting Street Fighter VI's direction, which might have caused the producer's demotion and the project's delay.
Ono himself confirms part of what was rumoured both last week and back in the day, including the fact that he has been in and out the series at different points. After talking about the Capcom Pro Tour and the weird year this is in many regards, the producer thanked the SF community and announces his imminent resignation, effective this summer, "after serving almost 30 years at Capcom".
Besides, "this means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom's various titles including Street Fighter", so contrary to what happened before, Ono seems to be leaving the company once and for all. He, however, believes that "Capcom staff in the new generation will continue making Street Fighter extraordinary".
That may or may not include current SFV director Takayuki Nakayama and producer Shuhei Matsumoto, or rumoured-to-be new Street Fighter VI head Midori Yuasa.
Regretting not being able to share physical "Shoryukens" with fans in the real esports events under the current circumstances, Ono-san says farewell with the trademark battle-cry.