Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that Guerilla Games’ Hermen Hulst is the new head of Playstation Worldwide Studios. He took over the job immediately and he will manage all of Sony’s game development across the 14 studios that form 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 in the official press release.
“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 co-founded Guerrilla and was its Managing Director. The studio is best known for the Killzone franchise and the acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn. Also, the studio worked on Death Stranding together with Kojima Productions. Sony Computer Entertainment acquired Guerilla in 2005. Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek, and Michiel van der Leeuw will replace Hulst at Guerrilla as joint studio heads.
“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,” said Hulst, now Head of Worldwide Studios.
“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.”
At the same time, it’s been revealed that Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida is stepping down from that position to become head of PlayStation’s newly formed initiative that is going to focus on external, independent developers.
The goal of this initiative is to help those developers have the necessary tools, technology and services to reach PlayStation’s large community of gamers in the best way possible. Yoshida will report directly to Jim Ryan.
Ryan said that Yoshida is very passionate about independent games and that he will make sure that the entire SIE organization is included in better engaging with and supporting independent developers.