After 11 years at the helm of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has finally moved on to the next phase of his career. In his place will be Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst, effective immediately.
Hulst’s role involves managing game development for all of Sony PlayStation’s first-party studios. Meanwhile, Yoshida will still be part of Sony PlayStation, but will instead work more closely with indie devs.
“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, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and Presideny, Jim Ryan, in a recent interview with gamesindustry.
“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.”
Hermen Hulst’s experience with Guerrilla – a Sony PlayStation first-party studio – will no doubt keep the ball rolling for game dev in the years to come. Under Guerrilla, he had a hand in kickstarting some of the most iconic game franchises for PlayStation gamers in Killzone, as well as the more recent Horizon Zero Dawn (with a sequel reportedly in development).
His work with Kojima Productions for Death Stranding was also critical in the development of the game, which bodes well for new first-party PlayStation games under his wing.
Said Hulst in the wake of his new role: “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.”
This reshuffling of staff comes a little over a month after the departure of Shawn Layden as the former Worldwide Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment, as part of SCE’s larger restructuring in light of the development of the upcoming PlayStation 5.
If one were to look at the bigger picture, it could be that Layden’s stepping down was due to his doubts in taking on the role Hulst is sitting on right now. Who knows, but Hulst’s coming on board is still great news for the industry and gamers in general.
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