Changes to continue to happen to major leadership roles at PlayStation as the company transitions to the next phase of the brand, that being the PlayStation 5.
Several major roles have changed as of late since Shawn Layden’s sudden departure as Chairmain of SIE WWS. Gio Corsi, head of second party relationships for PlayStation recently revealed that he was moving on from the brand after six years of service.
Today two HUGE moves have been announced. Hermen Hulst, formerly Head of Guerrilla Games and co-founder of the house that made Killzone and Horizon Zero Dawn, will be taking over as Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios.
Shuhei Yoshida will pass the torch to Hermen as Shu becomes the Indie game Pope who will keep the indie scene healthy on PlayStation going forward.
In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation, explained these major moves.
Hermen is a European who will be taking one of the major offices at PlayStation. I think everybody in Europe should be thrilled and happy and proud that that is happening.
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. I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence.
Hermen also issued a statement about this major career move:
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.
In Hermen’s place will be the trio of Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek and Michiel van der Leeuw taking over as a three-headed dinobot to help guide the studio into the future.
What do you think of this move, Brah? I’ve had the opportunity to meet Hermen twice in the past and he always came off as a smart, charismatic leader. Let us know your thoughts below!