Guerrilla Games boss becomes new PlayStation Worldwide chief

Guerrilla Games boss becomes new PlayStation Worldwide chief

14th November 2019 0 By Jordan Heal

Herman Hulst, founder and managing director of Guerrilla Games, has been named as PlayStation’s new head of Worldwide Studios.

The announcement comes less than a month since previous incumbent Shawn Layden left the role.

Hulst – a well-respected figure in the gaming industry – recently oversaw the impressive launch of his studio’s latest IP Horizon Zero Dawn. The game was met with much acclaim, regarded as one of the best modern franchises to emerge on PlayStation.

Angie Smets, Jan-Bart van Beek and Michiel van der Leeuw will take over from the former managing director at Guerrilla as joint studio leads.

Hulst has also worked with Kojima Productions, and outsourced Guerrilla’s ‘Decima’ game engine to the Japanese-based studio to help develop the hotly-anticipated Death Stranding title.

Serving at the head of Worldwide Studios, he will be overseeing all 15 PlayStation-owned development teams including Naughty Dog, Santa Monica and Insomniac.

Former president Shuhei Yoshida (who served in the role before Layden) will be focused on third-party indie titles and report to Jim Ryan, who became the head of the entire PlayStation business earlier this year after serving as the chief of the European branch.

While the company has undergone significant changes, Hulst has been described by Ryan as “one of the most effective and well-respected leaders in the video game industry”.

“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,” he adds.

Meanwhile the recently-promoted veteran said: “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.”

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