Yoshinori Ono Comments On Inafune’s Departure From Capcom

By Ishaan . October 31, 2010 . 5:29pm


On any regular day of the week, the Twitter feed of Street Fighter IV producer, Yoshinori Ono, can be found booming with lively discussion on Street Fighter IV costumes, the possibility of a Darkstalkers game, or even Ono’s friendly rivalry with Tekken series producer, Katsuhiro Harada.


This past week has been anything but normal for Capcom, though. This past week, Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, who some would call the face of Capcom, publicly announced his resignation from the company. In light of these events, Ono, who communicates frequently with the company’s fans, has been fielding questions on the situation.


While Ono can’t say anything that could potentially make Capcom look bad or somehow less capable in light of Inafune’s departure, he makes no secret of the fact that he isn’t happy with how things turned out.


It began with a general queries regarding his thoughts on Inafune’s resignation:


“I feel sorry indeed to have missed Inafune-san.. I couldnt understood his mind.. RT @Flamin9Rockstar: What are ur thoughts Inafune quitting?”


“I’m not too keen on working just now. I want rest for a while.RT @JoeAmoudi: After Inafune’sDeparture fromCapcom,u are company’s last hope .”


Eventually, someone asked the inevitable question regarding how Inafune’s departure would affect Capcom’s fighting game plans. Ono didn’t seem too happy with the answer he had to give:


“He’s very understanding about fighting game.it’s answer.;( “


Ono’s Twitter feed has since returned to normal.

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  • Guest

    Inafune’s dissatisfaction with Capcom’s globalization efforts seems misguided to me because if anything, Capcom (and Konami to an extent) out of all of the Japanese video gaming companies have put forth the most sincere effort to globalize and “cater to the West”. What more did he want? Or was he just upset that the corporate higher up suits didn’t let him be part of the board of directors after 23 years as a developer? Because if its the latter, I could understand that to an extent..

    • From his comments, my understanding is that Capcom’s “sincere globalization” effort has been an uphill battle for him due to resistance from the company’s higher-ups. Having senior management constantly get in the way of making something work is never fun, and it sounds like he’s been doing it a long time.

      • Even though they put Ninja Theory at the helm of DMC’s development among other things they weren’t “sincere about catering to the West”. I find his attitude amusing, personally.

      • Well, let’s see what happens now. I know things couldn’t possibly get any worse than they’ve been recently with Capcom. I mean, other than their fighting game franchises, Resident Evil, and to a much lesser extent, Dead Rising 2, none of Capcom’s more recent outings have been successful at all under Inafune. The outrage over DMC alone should’ve indicated that something was very, very wrong under his reign. His job was to help them be a global success, not to piss off the fanbase of one of the few franchises they had left that were guaranteed to sell.

        Not to mention the incredibly negative P.R. his recent interviews were giving off. He may have done some great things years ago at Capcom, but, honestly, he had fallen a long time ago. I may not have thought Lost Planet 2 or Resident Evil 5 were the best games, but those were mostly due to the Western elements shoehorned into those two. I wonder how much of that was Inafune and how much of that was Takeuchi. I guess we’ll find out in the near future. Personally, I think he was driving things into such a negative direction, it’ll be VERY difficult for things to get worse.

        • neo_firenze

          I feel like you’re reading my mind and speaking my thoughts…

        • It could get worst… IF THE PHOENIX WRIGHT PEOPLE MOVE TO LEVEL 5… now they are fraternizing with the enemy with the phoenix vs. layton stuff…

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          With Inafune gone, I imagine the changes would be readily apparently and fairly immediate. I dunno about the worse part; I can imagine lots of bad directions that could make Capcom worse. Like… Sonic worse.

          • I can also think of fifty ways things could get a lot better. Let’s have this conversation again in a few months and then we’ll see if Inafune leaving was a good thing or not. It could be the best thing to have ever happened to Capcom or it could be the worst. We’ll find out soon.

      • Just touched back home (Yay emergencies across the country) but from my inquiries in Capcom, it seemed to be a classic two way corporate squeeze – Essentially, the people below him were all wondering what were the point of some of his movements, and the people above were actively resisting him.

        Essentially, there wasn’t any political footholding for his visions. Sucks, but corporate movements are like that…

  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    Yeah, I bet he wants to rest for a while. Most (good) producers are working for like 18 hours a day to get things done during the dev cycle. And once it’s all over, I highly doubt they want to start thinking about what’s next right away

    • Inafune mentioned wanting to work for Level 5.

      • No, he said Level 5 were the only Japanese company making anything worthwhile, outside of Capcom. It’s a few people on the internet who believe he MAY go to Level 5 (I hope not, as I don’t want him Westernizing them, but anything’s possible). Personally, I think he’d be a lot better off going to Activision or some other American company. Maybe after working under Bobby Kotick for a while, he’ll learn to appreciate how much better things were at Capcom.

      • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

        I was talking about Yoshinori Ono. He said he wanted rest in one of the Tweets mentioned in the article

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Rest: Another term for “taking an extended leave to secretly go hunting for a new company eager to release fighting games so he can work there.”

          • I’m imagining what will happen if he decides to go to Arc Sys Works

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            (there’s not actually a gif but my head actually exploded so imagine that instead)

            …Business/ creative differences and general impossibility aside, what if Ono did go to ASW, which in turn merged with SNK? :P

  • MemeticRichard

    I strongly suggest you close comments for this article.

    You KNOW why I’m suggesting this.

    • Richard might start flinging insults again.

      • MemeticRichard

        I never insulted anyone. :/

        • Except the people you mentioned hitting with chairs for having a different opinion than you.

          • MemeticRichard

            @[email protected] I think that was a metaphor…? Only person I ever threw a chair at was this dude Kent, this one time at a party… He was talking crap about me behind my back, I was drunk, I got pissed off, so I threw a chair at him…

            Mrmrmr…that’s the only thing that comes to mind with me and throwing chairs.

          • Code

            Technically hitting people with chairs isn’t an insult, its an assault — although as long as we’re not battering people with them I still approve of creative expression through the universally recognized upheaval of chairs and tables!

          • MemeticRichard

            You and I should hang out. At some Irish pub, drinking until we get pissed off from being drunk so we can start throwing around chairs and darts.

          • RupanIII

            Or the ‘pissy bitching whiners,’ also with difference of opinion

  • While I’m not exactly optimistic about Inafune’s depature from Capcom (seeing I’m an avid Megaman series fan), I think it isn’t all that bad after all.

    Inafune can probably express his ideas better somewhere else (according to how I perceive it) and Capcom probably has some other people in the creativity department too…

  • neon6

    So I’m guessing Darkstalkers 4 is on indefinite hold unless they can find someone else to replace him.

  • joesz

    I don’t understand game developers anymore.are you making games because you love to? or are you making games because you want to have more money?

    • mach

      Both, obviously. That’s pretty much how all creative-skills jobs work.

    • Aoshi00

      You know that even a manga artist has a tantou (a bridge btwn him and the magazine he serializes in) hawking over him every week right, bouncing ideas back and forth, or shooting down stuffs that he thinks might not interest readers, not to mention a new work is put up for vote to gauge its popularity. If nobody likes it, then it gets axed at the 10-week mark (10 yrs ago I thought Naruto would not pass 10 wks how wrong was I lol). Games and movies are also business because money is at stake, the director is allowed to do what he likes, but ultimately it’s the potential profit that greenlights his projects. I have to say I understand where Inafune or Kojima are coming from, seeing the technical achievements and commercial success of western games, they can’t help but wonder what they could do better (of course there are other factors at work, like what genre is currently the most popular, which is shooters now, compared to platformers or turn-based RPGs back then w/ the exception of DQ or Pokemon which still have brand power). I’m sure the Gooch loves what he does, but if his games don’t sell, it means nothing to the investors that back him financially, that’s why Cry On got axed, even it had so much potential (him, the then-Cavia, Uematsu, Drakengard and Last Story’s char design, how could you go wrong w/ that?). I have a feeling Last Story wouldn’t sell too well either as a new IP unfortunately, JRPG is a dying genre now, other than the crappy FFs maybe..

      • joesz

        Yes, I understand now.Thanks for this.

        I guess money is everybody’s true religion in this world.

        • Aoshi00

          It’s not that money is everything. If you do it as a hobby, say if I draw a manga and post it on my own website, I could draw whatever I like, but if it’s serialized weekly in Jump for years, taking up one of the 20 precious slots, then you better draw what you like AND what people like. People’s livelihood depends on this you know. As the manga artists always say, if you’re not serialized, you’re just an unemployed bum. There is room for artistic creativity (that’s why the game industry is so cool, they get paid for doing what they love), but there’s need for compromise just like everything else in this world, there needs to be a balance.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Stop it I can’t handle so much harsh truth at once! Reality hurts me! You…you truthspreader you… Deny, deny! Artists have all the power!
        *Runs off to cry…on*

        • Aoshi00

          I will forever mourn the Gooch’s unborn baby :(.. Now I feel a bit more perked w/ the RuroKen PSP game, even though it might very well suck…

      • JRPG genre isnt dying!, it is just becoming old!

    • RupanIII

      It’s always nice when worlds align and something that’s really artistic/quality also happens to make money.. but imo it seems like this is less and less the case these days

  • I don’t know how many other famous game designers they have, but in the past 3 years Capcom has lost:-Shinji Mikami-Hideki Kamiya -Keiji Inafune -Atsushi InabaI mean how many more renowned industry figures can they afford to lose?

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      One more. Uno mas. Or should I say Ono mas?

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        Oh no, you didn’t.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          ^_____^ I am the propagator of bad jokes.

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Or should I have said: “Ono, you didn’t.”?

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            That’s the spirit!

    • [The Hunter] Doomrider

      Now that you mention it… That’s really a LOT of talent. Can you imagine Capcom still having all of those brilliant minds together?

      Well, we still get to play their masterpieces.

  • Well Capcom, where are your promising junior staff members that could carry the weight? All cocked to death by your “selling 3-4 millions per game is not enough” idea?

  • maxchain

    Man, EVERYBODY wants a piece of the Tekken guy.

  • thebanditking

    Doesn’t matter how you present it, I am just not going to miss Inafune. Capcom needed a “new” new direction other then Inafune’s often misguided attempt at Western game design. I appreciate and respect him for what he has contributed to the industry and gamers, but I feel that his views were starting to mix with his frustrations with Capcom management and it was hurting the quality of the games. So its likely best for both parties to part ways. I just hope Ono doesn’t have too hard of a time, but imo Capcom would be stupid to piss him off and let him leave.

  • Pichi

    After reading the translated interview, I respect him more and see where he was trying to go about. I wish him the best in the future and hope some of the dealings in the Japanese industry change so more creative people can flourish.

  • Um Ono is apart of Dimps people he isn’t a producer at Capcom he’s a producer at Dimps which he helped found if i’m not mistaken… (I believe alot of the old Street Fighter team left for Dimps hence why Capcom hired them for Street Fighter 4).

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