Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that Shuhei Yoshida will leave his role as Head of Worldwide Studios to launch a new initiative within the company. Yoshida-san will put his focus onto independent developers and ensure they have the tools, technology, and services to reach PlayStation’s large community of gamers successfully.
“I am thrilled to announce Shu Yoshida as head of this new initiative. Everybody knows just how passionate Shu is about independent games – they are the lifeblood of the industry, making our content portfolio so special for our gamers. These wildly creative experiences deserve focus and a champion like Shu at PlayStation who will ensure the entire SIE organization works together to better engage with independent developers through a culture of supporting and celebrating their contributions to PlayStation platforms,” Shared Jim Ryan.
During this new initiative, Yoshida-san will report directly to Jim Ryan as he shapes his idea of what the indie community coming to the PlayStation ecosystem.
That’s not all though, Guerrilla game’s Hermen Hulst has now been named the Head of Worldwide Studios effective immediately. Hulst will now manage and lead all game development across the 14 studios that form Worldwide Studios.
“Hermen is one of the most effective and well-respected leaders in the video game industry. He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “Worldwide Studios is a critical part of the future success of the company, and we must deliver on the promise we have made to gamers to create imaginative and exciting content that is truly unique to PlayStation. I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence.”
Hulst is the co-founder of Guerrilla, which found fame in their Killzone franchise and again with the launch of Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla was obtained by Sony Computer Intertainment in 2005. Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek, and Michiel van der Leeuw will take over Hulst’s duties at Guerrilla as joint studio heads.
“I have worked closely with PlayStation and the entire Worldwide Studios family since 2001, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for the creative talent and ambitious ideas within the network of studios across the US, Europe, and Japan,” said Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity now to lead such an inspired and talented team whose singular mission is to build amazing games for PlayStation fans.”
What these changes will bring will be interesting to witness. We wish the best of luck to these gentlemen.
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