It looks like Yoshinori Ono will be taking a step back from Street Fighter development. The announcement comes after the upsetting news of his hospitalization following a “heavy deterioration” in his physical condition last week.
I caused you so much worry for a while,” he writes. “I went back to work. The [Street Fighter] team are working wholeheartedly on patches for SF X TK. Please wait just a little longer. I apologize for that. And thanks for a lot of get-well messages! I’ll refrain from work [on my] current job for a while. Another person [is] in charge of the SF series for a while. Of course I’ll [give] constant support to it. I’ll be out of the limelight [of] fighting game series for a while. I’ll think about the new future of fighting games after this.
The patch Ono is referring to will presumably fix a bug which mutes sound effects during online play. Street Fighter X Tekken fans are also up in arms lately thanks to the discovery of 12 extra characters stored on the game’s disc by a group of hackers. Capcom plans to release the characters later in the year in a DLC update.