More leadership changes are happening at Sony ahead of the PlayStation 5's launch. Hermen Hulst, co-founder of Horizon: Zero Dawn developer Guerilla Games, will be taking the reins of PlayStation's Worldwide Studios, effective immediately.
Former Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida will meanwhile be leaving his role to lead a new initiative, nurturing external independent studios with smaller teams. These are part of ongoing restructuring efforts at PlayStation, ahead of the holiday 2020 launch of the PS5.
"Hermen is one of the most effective and well-respected leaders in the video game industry," PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan told GIBiz. "He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences. I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence."
Yoshida will report directly to Ryan, as he works with indie studios as part of Sony's new initiative. "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," Ryan told GIBiz.
This follows the recent departure of Worldwide Studios head Shawn Layden, as well as a number of layoffs at Sony Europe, all seemingly part of the company's restructuring plan for the launch of the PlayStation 5. A lot of the faces we've grown accustomed to throughout the PS4's lifespan are shifting around or moving on to new things, and it looks like Sony's planning for a whole new look on its corporate side for the new console. Whether that gives it an edge against Microsoft's Project Scarlett or not will be interesting to see.