PlayStation Veteran Takes Over Sony Santa Monica As Former Head Goes to Stadia

PlayStation Veteran Takes Over Sony Santa Monica As Former Head Goes to Stadia

Yumi Yang will helm the God of War studio going into its next project.

A longtime PlayStation dev will be taking the lead at Sony's Santa Monica Studio, following the former head's departure. Yumi Yang will helm the God of War developer while Shannon Studstill forms a new studio for Google.

A statement to IGN confirmed Yang's promotion within Santa Monica Studio. The new studio lead has spent 19 years with PlayStation with an "extensive background in product development."

A spokesperson for Sony told IGN that Yang's "project management prowess and meticulous oversight of 2018's God of War helped the title fully realize its groundbreaking potential." Both Yang and Studstill worked on 2018's God of War, which was a critical success at the time.

Earlier today, it was announced that Studstill would be forming a new Stadia Games and Entertainment studio in Playa Vista, California. A statement from Jade Raymond, head of Stadia Games and Entertainment, says that Studstill's new studio "will focus on delivering exclusive games, using new gameplay mechanics, creative ways to play together and unique interaction models that we're just starting to explore."

Google also acquired Typhoon Studios, the team behind Journey to the Savage Planet, last December. At the time, Raymond told GamesIndustry.biz that Google's whole strategy is "a long-term one to make the right decisions."

Considering lingering unrest over Google's Stadia rollout in the new year, and some fresh competition in the form of Nvidia's GeForce Now, a new studio might help bolster Google's cloud presence a bit. Meanwhile, Yang will head up Santa Monica as it moves forward onto its next project.

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