Update: Ono has cleared up some of the confusion regarding his resignation from Capcom Vancouver. He's still working as part of Capcom and Capcom USA on several other projects. It's only his work with Capcom Vancouver, which remains unspecificed, which has come to an end.
My position within Capcom has not changed and I'm still involved in all of the projects that I'm currently working on.— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) June 16, 2014
Yoshinori Ono has announced his resignation as Director at Capcom Vancouver, via social media. The excitable producer for the Street Fighter IV franchise says that he's planning to, "take some time," and hopefully watch some of the World Cup before thinking about what comes next. His resignation has stirred some confusion as to his role and position within Capcom, particularly with regards to whether he's still employed with the company in some other capacity.
It seems to be rather a surprise that Yoshinori Ono was a Director at Capcom Vancouver in the first place, as that's the studio that Capcom signed on to make Dead Rising 2 and later acquired. Whatever project they're currently working on is unannounced. It was believed that Yoshinori Ono was an executive producer at Capcom on the Street Fighter team, so the revelation that he's serving as director at Capcom Vancouver is both revelatory and confusing.
Paired together Ono's tweets make it seem as if he has stepped away from the company and game development entirely, for the time being:
I resigned from the director position about CAPCOM Vancouver. Thanks good staff of CAPCOM Vancouver, and Dead Rising staff!— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) June 16, 2014
I had take some time, I think over very carefully about next things. I'd like to watch TV for Brazil World Cup before thinking it! :D— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) June 16, 2014
I bumped into Yoshinori Ono on the E3 show floor a couple of times and each time he was busy shaking hands and taking pictures with fans. He always had a huge smile on his face, always seeming like he loved every second of his job. Of course, that's why he made such a great producer for the Street Fighter franchise. Exhaustion tends to be prevalent in our industry however and if Ono believes he needs a break then fans should be sure to support his request.
Best of luck to Yoshinori Ono in whatever he plans to work on next, whether that be video games or not. I'm sure he'll find success -- even if it's just in posting pictures of his Blanka action figure at the various places he plans on going on vacation to.