Yoshinori Ono - producer of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter X Tekken - apparently "felt very sick and fainted" over the weekend, which saw the developer rushed to hospital following a press event in Korea.
Happily, Ono's condition was less serious than first thought - but, to be on the safe side, Capcom has given him a bit of a break from "work-related affairs" for a while.
A translated blog post reads:
Ono's well-being is very important to us and we wish for his steady recovery.
In a touching post via his regularly-updated Twitter, Ono has apologised to gamers for causing everybody "so much worry" for a while, and for delaying upcoming patches for Street Fighter X Tekken, asking fans to "please wait just a little longer".
In Ono's own words:
I'll refrain from work for current job for a while. Another person in charge of SF series for a while. Of course I'll constant support to it.
I'll be out of the limelight as fighting game series for a while. I'll think about the new future of fighting game after this. ;D
"Physical health is of paramount importance," says Ono in closing - who will be sticking with SFxT in an advisory role for the time being. At this time, it is not yet known who will be filling his producer shoes - nor how long Ono's sabbatical will last.
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