PlayStation’s top executive structure is undergoing another change, with Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst stepping up as the new head of Worldwide Studios. The change in role will happen with immediate effect, putting Hulst in charge of all 14 of Sony’s internal studios.
Shuhei Yoshida will leave his current role and will lead the charge in a new initiative to nurture smaller independent studios.
These changes are part of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s restructuring before the PS5 launches. It also follows many changes a month ago, such as Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden’s departure.
PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan spoke about the changes with GamesIndustry.biz, saying Hulst’s appointment shows that Sony is thinking globally.
“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.”
With Hulst leaving Guerrilla Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek and Michiel van der Leeuw will take over as joint studio heads.
Yoshida’s new position will see him report directly to Ryan. “Everybody knows just how passionate Shu is about independent games — they are 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.”