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Street Fighter producer on indefinite leave after health scare

"I really worry about what things will be like in future." Yoshinori Ono

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Long-time Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono is taking medical leave from Capcom.

Yoshinori Ono, the always affable producer of Capcom fighter franchise Street Fighter, has temporarily stepped down as producer of the games following a health scare in South Korea.

Ono collapsed following a Street Fighter X Tekken event in South Korea and was rushed to the hospital earlier this month.

Always upbeat, Ono announced he would temporarily be stepping down from his role as producer on the Street Fighter series for a while in a stream of tweets today.

"I'll refrain from work for current job for a while," Ono tweeted. "Another person in charge of SF series for a while. Of course I'll constant support to it."

Ono added that means he's going to take a backseat in terms of publicity as well, taking the time to think about "the new future of fighting games after this."

The tweets wrapped up with a message saying that Ono's boss gave him airline tickets and that he has to spend his time now thinking about and improving his health.

Update: A Capcom spokesperson responded to Vox Game's request with this statement:

“Ono-san is a vital component of the Street Fighter franchise and he continues to play an important role on the R&D team at Capcom. More information regarding his involvement with future Street Fighter products will be revealed at Capcom’s annual ‘Captivate’ event next week.”

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