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Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst is PlayStation's new head of Worldwide Studios

From Gameindustry.biz: "PlayStation has named Guerrilla Games managing director and co-founder Hermen Hulst as its new head of Worldwide Studios.

He starts the role immediately and will manage all of Sony's game development across its 14 internal studios.

Meanwhile, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida will leave his current role to lead a new initiative that will look after and nurture external, smaller independent studios."

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Nyxus805d ago

Didn't see that coming. Good luck to Hermen!

robtion805d ago

Seems like a good choice. From interviews I've seen he seems like a very clever guy who is passionate about games.

bouzebbal805d ago (Edited 805d ago )

Wow he's a cool guy.. Better at communicating and less nerd than Yoshida.
Also better to have a non jap at this position since the west is leading the way for games.. And Yoshida recruiting and doing some kind of market screening for talented studios is a much better fit.. Promising..

Can anyone tell me who takes over as NA CEO? And who is taking over Jim Ryan as Europe CEO? I feel like I missed an episode here.. I know the British guy (forgot his name) was PS CEO and was replaced by a Japanese guy..

Rimeskeem805d ago

Given that Horizon was made on his watch I am excited to see how he influences other Sony studios.

VenomUK805d ago (Edited 805d ago )

Wow - this is major news. Congratulations to Hermen Hulst, he now has the major position that Shawn Layden had and I wonder if it is significant that Jim Ryan describes him as 'a European'.

I do hope Shuhei Yoshida's move to indie teams is not a demotion. For so long Yoshida has been one of the few faces of PlayStation giving interviews and talking about games and passionately pushing PSVR. The positive sign is that he will be reporting directly to Jim Ryan who says about him and indie games:

"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."

sprinterboy805d ago

Yeah the interview with him and druckmann was great.

VenomUK805d ago

Former Sony man turned developer Shahid Kamal Ahmad says the Yosp move is a fantastic decision "Appointing @yosp to this new role is the most incredible move in developer engagement I’ve seen in years. Well done PlayStation and Yoshida-san."

https://twitter.com/shahidk...

TheKingKratos805d ago (Edited 805d ago )

From the article on Playstation Now :

"It's an area that is fast changing and fluid," notes Ryan. "The nature and scale of some of the first-party games that we are making leads us to think that, right now, it's better to spend energy on making sure that the launch of those games is a massive entertainment event. I would cite God of War and Spider-Man, and The Last of Us 2 next year will fall into that category
"That's where we stand right now. But our stance on the inclusion of first-party games in PlayStation Now in terms of what we've done this month is very different to our stance 12 months ago. I don't want to say this is what PlayStation Now is going to be like forever. But certainly right now, given how some of our first party IP is incredibly special and valuable, we just want to treat them with amazing care and respect, and have those launches be clean and pure."

That's good to hear

darthv72805d ago

with a name like Hulst, i wonder if it was any inspiration for Helgast?

UltraNova805d ago

Sony seems to be in the midst of a huge restructuring...

That said, Hermen is a great choice, he knows his stuff, he is smart and super passionate. Wish him good luck.

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Jin_Sakai805d ago (Edited 805d ago )

Interesting.

“The changes are part of Sony Interactive Entertainment's restructuring ahead of the launch of PS5. It also comes a month after the departure of Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden.”

He’s been with Sony for 14 years and is very intelligent and passionate about games. He seems like a great person for the job.

GaboonViper805d ago

Awesome news fam, i've always like Hulst, great guy.

Christopher805d ago

I'm going to assume that not only his management of GG but also how he got Kojima involved with Playstation probably has a bit to do with this decision. He's definitely interested in supporting other developers and giving them a home at Sony, even if it's as a third-party exclusive partner.

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LaFleur805d ago

Wow! What a pleasant surprise. Thoroughly deserved. Hermen Hulst has done incredible work at Guerrilla Games.

purple101805d ago (Edited 805d ago )

Killzone is COMMING

solideagle805d ago

they have to release Killzone 4 first as shadowfall was not numbered

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CrimsonPheonix805d ago

this has nothing to do with Killzone fool

Knushwood Butt805d ago

This with Shu nurturing the indies sounds like a great combination.

The Wood805d ago

I don't think people understand the importance of this. Can you imagine the pull Shu would be visiting indies and showing interest in their projects. Many indies grow to become big players. Some are great as they are.......Go forth and snag em Shu