Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst has been appointed head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios. As a result of the move, Shuhei Yoshida, who previously headed up the company, will now oversee smaller independent studios for Sony.
Hermen Hulst Takes Charge Of Sony Worldwide Studios
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,’ commented Jim Ryan, CEO and president of all things PlayStation.
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.
Guerrilla Games is best known for its work on the Killzone franchise, and recently stepped into new territory with 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. Hulst had this to day on his new role:
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.
Yoshida-san’s new role will see him report directly to Ryan, and forms part of a new initiative “celebrating external developers that are creating new and unexpected experiences.”
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.