Sad day for Shuhei Yoshida fanboys all over Southeast Asia; Sony announced that its president of SCE Worldwide Studios will be stepping down to focus on a new PlayStation 5 initiative to nurture independent developers.
Who will take over? Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst, according to a Gamesindustry.biz report. Here’s an official statement from Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan:
“I am thrilled to announce Shuhei Yoshida as head of this new initiative. Everybody knows just how passionate Shu is about independent games – they are [the] lifeblood of the industry, making our content portfolio so special for our gamers.
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.
“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.
Worldwide Studios is a critical part of the future success of the company, and we must deliver on the promise we have made to gamers to create imaginative and exciting content that is truly unique to PlayStation. I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence.”
Here’s what Hulst has to say about his newfound position.
“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.
I am beyond excited to have the opportunity now to lead such an inspired and talented team whose singular mission is to build amazing games for PlayStation fans.”