Street Fighter series producer, Yoshinori Ono, fell ill during a promotional event for Street Fighter X Tekken earlier this month and was taken to a hospital for care. Although Ono was deemed unfit to return to work immediately following his hospital visit, the good news was that his condition wasn’t severe.
Ono sounds like he’s back at work in a limited capacity now, but he’s going to temporarily ease up on his workload, he reported over Twitter today.
“I’ll refrain from work for current job for a while,” Ono tweeted, after thanking fans for their support. “Another person in charge of SF series for a while.Of course I’ll constant support to it.”
Ono elaborated: “I’ll be out of the limelight as fighting game series for a while. I’ll think about the new future of fighting game after this. ;D” He then added: “I don’t know that how long time continued for a long time this job.But I’ll try my best to be back here again.”
During his tenure as producer of the Street Fighter series in recent years, Ono spearheaded the return of an interest in the fighting game genre with Street Fighter IV. Outside of fighting games, Ono’s position at Capcom was “Deputy Head of Consumer Games Development,” indicating that he had a hand in more than just fighting games. Prior to that, in 2010, he was also part of Capcom’s Online Game department and was involved with Monster Hunter Frontier Online.
We wish him a speedy recovery back to full health and hope to see him back in action soon.
Photograph courtesy Capcom.