Ono stepping back from Street Fighter

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has said he is taking a break from Street Fighter development following his hospitalisation late last week.

Ono was rushed to hospital after his condition "rapidly and heavily deteriorated" following the Asian launch of Street Fighter X Tekken. In a series of Tweets, the Street Fighter series producer thanks fans for their support, and ensures them work on the game continues.

"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 apologise 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."

Players of Street Fighter X Tekken are keenly awaiting a patch to fix a bug that prevents some sound effects from playing during online matches. Capcom is also under fire after hackers discovered 12 extra characters, planned for release in a DLC update later this year, stored on the game disc.