The year was 2019. The date? September 30th. It was a warm, somber night when it happened. The official PlayStation Twitter account pressed ‘tweet’ and sent forth the 280 characters that would FOREVER CHANGE THE FATE OF PLAYSTATION FOREVER!!
Shawn Layden, the Chairman of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, was leaving the gaming giant. So perhaps it didn’t change PlayStation ‘forever’ but damn did it shock the hell out of us PlayStation faithful! The news spread like wildfire. Many articles, opinion pieces, and podcasts were written/recorded trying to answer the big question: What the hell happened??
Everyone has been reluctant to ask Mr. Layden — UNTIL NOW! Jason Schreier over at Bloomberg asked the question and Shawn answered!
“It’s a young person’s activity”. Layden told me during a recent video call. “I felt: This is a good time to put the pin in my legacy.” The former chief executive officer of PlayStation Worldwide Studios noted that he’d shepherded some of the highest-rated games of the decade, such as Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War. “That seemed like a good time to step off on top and allow another generation to take the PlayStation 5 to market.”
There was rumors of a power struggle between him and now President of PlayStation, Jim Ryan. If there was any truth to these rumors, Shawn is clearly over it.
“I think I took my time at the moment I saw best to take it. And I couldn’t be happier.”
Shawn Layden spent 32 years at Sony, having worked with every PlayStation since the beginning, so you the man is definitely in the PlayStation Hall of Fame, Brah!
You can read more at the source below including Shawn’s thoughts regarding the future of gaming and what must change to insure the industry stays afloat.
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