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Here’s the full message from Yoshinori Ono:

Dear Street Fighter series’ players & Fighting Game Community members.

There have been many unexpected events occurred globally in 2020. Especially the COVID-19 has been significantly affecting many people’s life and health all over the world. I’m praying that all of you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

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 itis important to shed light on various hopes by keeping the event in this way.

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 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.

I’ve been trying to contact those whom I’ve gotten to work with in the past about my resignation. However, it’s quite difficult to reach out to all of people I’ve associated with throughout my career for almost three decades, so I’d like to humbly ask your kind understanding. When the opportunity comes, I’d like to extend warm greetings and my appreciation to those individuals and companies I’ve had a chance to work with.

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.

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SHORYUKEN!

Street Fighter Series Executive Producer

Yoshinori ONO

 

Thank you for everything and we wish you all the best for the future, Ono-chin!



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Another notable developer leaving CAPCOM. Probably the biggest name there this time.



Oh no!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1gWECYYOSo

Please Watch/Share this video so it gets shown in Hollywood.

That's unfortunate. Good luck with the future endeavours Ono!



Street Fighter has been dead to me ever since SFV launched in such a sad state. SFIV wasn't even all that great, with all those impossible to do combos. His leaving just solidifies the fall of Street Fighter further. And I say this as someone who religiously played SFII back in the 90's.



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Their fighting games have been terrible this gen. Maybe was time for a change.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

In September 2018, Ono was reportedly no longer in charge of Division 2 (which makes fighting games like Street Fighter and Marvel Versus Capcom), and was replaced by Ryozo Tsujimoto (Monster Hunter producer).
That might have been what made Ono plan to leave Capcom, or retire.



I think Capcom is going to focus on Resident evil, monster hunter, devil may cry which did very well and pretty much saved Campcom. I also think they will abondon games/genres which are doing poorly like street fighter, which iconic as it is, is pretty much dead. Some employees are probably not too happy about that. But SF V didn't sell well at all.



Please excuse my (probally) poor grammar

Oh whoops, didn't notice there was already another thread about this when I made mine, sorry. Mods can lock mine if they want to.

According to industry insider Dusk Golem, who is the guy who leaked Resident Evil 8 Village back in February or March, months before the official announcement in June, Ono was leading the Street Fighter 6 team until earlier this year, when he was removed from the team and essentially demoted and put in charge of Capcom's eSports division instead. According to Dusk Golem, Ono was pushing hard for some kind of team fighting mechanic in Street Fighter 6, and the team fighting mechanic was testing poorly with both internal and external testers. He said that Midori Yuasa was put in charge of leading Street Fighter development when Ono was removed. Supposedly the leadership shake-up and need to remove the team fighting mechanic delayed Street Fighter 6 out of 2021 into 2022, which is why Capcom decided to release another DLC season for Street Fighter 5 in late 2020 and 2021 instead, to hold people over until Street Fighter 6 in 2022. He also said he has heard positive things about the new Street Fighter 6 under Midori Yuasa.



Qwark said:
I think Capcom is going to focus on Resident evil, monster hunter, devil may cry which did very well and pretty much saved Campcom. I also think they will abondon games/genres which are doing poorly like street fighter, which iconic as it is, is pretty much dead. Some employees are probably not too happy about that. But SF V didn't sell well at all.

I don't think it's very likely we'll get a generation without a new Street Fighter. At worst, they only focus on one fighting game (SFVI) the entire generation, but they wouldn't abandon the entire genre. If anything, what's more likely to happen is they mostly focus on Street Fighter throughout the gen, then release like a revival of a smaller fighting game IP towards the end of the generation if they have enough confidence in their fighting game division.