As we near the reveal and eventual launch of the PlayStation 5, Sony continues to make changes on the corporate level. Late last year, Guerrilla Games managing director and co-founder Hermen Hulst was named the new head of Sony's Worldwide Studios. Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment quietly announced that Astro Bot Rescue Mission director and producer Nicolas Doucet has been promoted to Studio Director at SIE Japan Studio.
The news comes from a short note on the Japanese SIE site, translated via Siliconera. In his new position, Doucet will lead one of Sony's most interesting development studios. Doucet has been with Sony for 16 years, working mainly on titles related to additional peripherals for Sony's consoles. He began with work on the EyeToy series, enabled by the EyeToy camera. He also worked on EyePet and The Playroom VR.
Those efforts culminated in Astro Bot Rescue Missions, a platformer built for use with the PlayStation VR headset. Astro Bot was a quieter release for Sony in 2018, but those who played it found an excellent game. "Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a pretty wonderful platformer, but VR does something that lifts it to the heady realms of actual magic: it allows you to climb inside its world," wrote Eurogamer reviewer Christian Donlan. Astro Bot Rescue Missions has an 89 on OpenCritic and 90 on Metacritic, with a user score of 8.9. It makes sense for Sony to promote the director behind such an acclaimed game.
SIE Japan Studio has developed a number of titles, many times in collaboration with other studios. It's responsible for games like The Last Guardian, Knack, Soul Sacrifice, Tokyo Jungle, Patapon, Siren, and Gravity Rush. Who knows what absolute madness the studio will get up to for PlayStation 5?