Executive Producer of Street Fighter Yoshinori Ono announced that he is leaving Capcom, new generations will lead the IP he has directed since 1998.
Ono shared a goodbye letter to fans, in his official statement he suggests a possible discrepancy between him and Capcom for the vision of future Street Fighter projects. Recently, renowned insider AestheticGamer revealed that Capcom had planned a new Street Fighter game for next-gen systems, the project was planned to be released in 2021, however, the developer was not satisfied with the work being done by the development team.
Since Capcom Cup in 2013, the Capcom Pro Tour has become an annual event because of the continued tremendous support from the players and Fighting Game Community members in the world.
We at Capcom had many internal discussions about the format for the CPT 2020. It took a long time for us to decide the format for this year, but we believe that conducting the event itself would repay those who has been supporting the CPT, regardless of what the format is. Needless to say, I understand there has been some criticism about this particular format. However, I’m fully convinced that it is important to shed light on various hopes by keeping the event even in this way.
In the emotional letter, Ono expresses his gratitude towards the fans
Additionally, I’m extremely grateful that so many players and Fighting Game Community members and its related individuals have been supporting us so that we can make the CPT happen this year. I’ve been with the Street Fighter brand for a long time, experiencing good times, bad times, and even non-existent times.
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 in this summer. This means that I will resign my position as the brand manager for Capcom’s various titles including Street Fighter.
Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the Street Fighter brand and leading the World Warriors. 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.
Again, to many players, FGC and its operation staff, and all of Street Fighter fans, thank you so much for your continued support. I regret that I as the Street Fighter series executive producer, wasn’t able to do “SHORYUKEN” together with you all at each event in 2020, so please allow me to shout as my closing statement in this message to you.
3 2 1 SHORYUKEN!