Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Promoted to Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios - VGChartz
Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Promoted to Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Promoted to Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 November 2019 / 1,203 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced it has promoted Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst to Head of Worldwide Studios. Hulst will manage and lead all game development across the 14 studios that are part of Sony's Worldwide Studios. 

“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,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “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.”

Hulst added, “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.”

The company also announced Shuhei Yoshida will leave his current position as President of Worldwide Studios and will be the head of a "newly formed initiative that will focus on nurturing external independent creators." He will report directly to Jim Ryan. 

"I am thrilled to announce Shu Yoshida as head of this new initiative," said 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."

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DonFerrari (on 07 November 2019)

Best of luck and outcome to both.

deskpro2k3 (on 07 November 2019)

Shu has gone back to what he did in the PS1 era. He helped get a ton of exclusives making PS1 not only successful but made it dominate the gen.

BraLoD (on 08 November 2019)

Good luck Shu, you had your chance to bring LoD back and did nothing, but you are a great guy, go make some great relationships out there, chamisma won't be lacking for sure. Now, Hermen, you were part of Sony's current RPG studio, so you know the drill, last gen we gor a WRPG, this gen make it a JRPG, one that starts with "The Legend" and ends with "of Dragoon".

Link_knight30 (on 08 November 2019)


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OTBWY (on 07 November 2019)

So... Yoshida basically got demoted?

hunter_alien (on 07 November 2019)

Its Yoshida. IMO it was probably a personal decision, considering how much influence he has in the company.

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Hynad (on 07 November 2019)

Could be Yoshida's idea, considering the good relationships he has with third parties.

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Blood_Tears (on 07 November 2019)

There's no demotion for Shu. This is to fill the gap that Layden left last month. Layden was the chairman of WWS. Now they there is no "chairman" as Herman is just the head of WWS now.

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