Ono announced on Twitter that he would join the company on May 1, and added that he may be absent from the fighting game community for some time. “There may be some distance between me and everyone at FGC for a while,” he wrote. “I may be away from the FGC for a while, but I’m looking forward to spending time with you again when I get the chance.”
No specific plans have been announced, but Delightworks (via Google Translate) says that Ono has been brought in to “manage the company from a more multifaceted perspective.” With Delightworks currently best known for mobile games, it may be that it wants to branch out with Ono at the helm.
Ono started at Capcom in 1998 and worked as a Sound Manager on Street Fighter Alpha 3. He most recently served as an Executive Producer on Street Fighter V and Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challenges. Beyond the Street Fighter series, Ono has also worked on Devil May Cry, Dino Crisis 2 and Dead Rising. In that time, he became beloved of the Street Fighter and wider fighting game communities for his ebulliant personality, communicative approach, and his tendency to bring an action figure of Blanka wherever he went.In other Street Fighter news, here’s everything that was announced in the Street Fighter V spring update, including details about the game’s next character Rose. Outside of the main series, a Street Fighter crossover was recently announced with Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, which will bring Ryu and Chun-Li to the nWay fighting game as paid DLC.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.