The FGC bids Yoshinori Ono farewell as he prepares to leave Capcom
Capcom brand manager Yoshinori Ono, has spent over two decades providing the FGC with games that it's members have bonded over. On August 9, the pillar of the Street Fighter community announced his departure from the company.
Goodbyes are never easy, whether it's leaving home for the first time, parting ways with school friends after graduation, or moving to a new state. The more time you've spent with the people you care about, the harder it is.
In the case of Capcom brand manager Yoshinori Ono, he's spent over two decades providing the FGC with games that it's members have bonded over. On August 9, the pillar of the Street Fighter community announced his departure from the company, which will take effect this Summer.
Joining Capcom in 1994, Ono went on to work on some of the most beloved fighting games the company has ever produced, like Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, and Street Fighter IV. He also worked on the Bandai Namco crossover, Street Fighter X Tekken, and the HD remake, Darkstalkers Resurrection. Street Fighter IV is considered the game that saved the franchise after almost a decade of silence, reigniting the FGC's passion in the process.
As to be expected, fans gathered to wish Ono well, but so also did other prominent figures in the community, from fellow producers of different games to tournament organizers, commentators, and more.
Thank you for everything Ono-san.— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) August 9, 2020
See you soon.
See you soon Ono-san.
Thank you Ono-san for everything you’ve given us, a big Street Fighter legacy.— Kayane (@Kayane) August 9, 2020
Don’t forget you have a huge public in France that loves you!
I will always have good memories of the times we’ve met, you were always so kind and adorable.
Hope we’ll meet again, take care 👊 pic.twitter.com/xTa260HcOS
Thank you for 30 years of challenges to make Street Fighter a global success. I understand these were difficult times but just like the game, we have to get up and fight another day. Thank you for letting our team be part of that fight 👊 pic.twitter.com/nj409wFHFv— Alex Valle ➡️⬇️↘️+🏡 (@TheAlexValle) August 9, 2020
So honored to have shared some laughs with you over the years. I heard you got a “kick” outta having me around too! お疲れ様でした pic.twitter.com/waDoSZJ7Sm— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) August 9, 2020
Ono's storied career began as a sound producer and composer, working his way up through the production of numerous games to a producer, project manager, general manager, and executive producer. He's mainly known for his fun interactions with the community, a love for Blanka, and his playful rivalry with longtime Tekken director and producer, Katsuhiro Harada.
The WePlay Media team would like to thank Yoshinori Ono for all the great games he's given us and wish him success with whatever he has planned next.