Capcom's Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono has said that his collapse that had him rushed to hospital in March was the result of being "overworked".
"'Capcom overworks Ono'. That's your headline," suggested the jokey producer in an interview with Eurogamer, adding that he would "probably get sacked" if he were to say that for himself. "You have to say it for me, OK?" he joked.
You're welcome, Ono.
The smiley producer was rushed to hospital back in March when Capcom announced that his physical condition had "heavily deteriorated" following a promo tour for Street Fighter X Tekken. Recollecting the day in more detail, Ono said he collapsed at home before his wife discovered him passed out on the bathroom floor and quickly called an ambulance.
"When I came to, the doctor told me that my blood acidity level was on par with someone who had just finished running a marathon. He asked me: 'Ono-san, what on earth you been up to?' I told him that I woke up, went for a bath and simply passed out. He didn't believe me. I guess I have been working too hard. You could say my health bar was on the dot," he said in jest.
When the interview suggested Capcom had him rest for a while, Ono responded: "Whoever told you that is lying. The situation is the complete opposite. Nobody told me to take a rest. When I returned to work, Capcom didn't even acknowledge that I had been in hospital."
He added, "There was no change in my schedule. I was at home for an entire week before the doctors allowed me to return to work. When I returned to my desk there was a ticket to Rome waiting for me. There's no mercy. Everyone in the company says: 'Ono-san we've been so worried about you.' Then they hand me a timetable and it's completely filled with things to do."