Yoshinori Ono, the likeable Capcom developer who spearheaded the Street Fighter franchise in the late 1990s and beyond, is departing the company after nearly 30 years at the end of this month. He’ll join up with Delightworks on May 1, 2021, serving as its president and COO.
If you’re not familiar with Delightworks, they are the studio behind mobile title Fate/Grand Order and is also the publisher behind Melty Blood: Type Lumina. Here’s what Ono-san had to say on Twitter:
Dear FGC, World Warriors.
On May 1st, I will be moving from Capcom to another company.
I’m going to be working at a studio that is a little different from the one I’m used to.
I’m also going to be looking at development from a different perspective than in the past. pic.twitter.com/Hch7kkGZA0
— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) April 27, 2021
There may be some distance between me and everyone at FGC for a while. I may be away from the FGC for a while, but I’m looking forward to spending time with you again when I get the chance. I appreciate your continuing support.
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Street Fighter 5 was Ono’s last major project with Capcom, although it didn’t launch in great shape and took quite a few years of content updates to improve things. Reports last year claimed that Street Fighter 6 also ran into problems during Ono’s watch, and he was removed from the project altogether.
[Source – Eurogamer]