Hermen Hulst named Head of Sony Worldwide Studios

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As Shuhei Yoshida steps down from his role of President of Worldwide Studios.

Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst has been named the new Head of Sony Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced overnight.

Hulst, formerly Managing Director at the Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games, has worked on numous Killzone titles, Horizon Zero Dawn and the studio’s Decima engine, used in both Horizon Zero Dawn and Kojima Productions’ newly released Death Stranding. Effective immediately, Hulst will leave Guerrilla to take over management of Sony’s 14 first-party studios.

“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,” Hulst said of his new appointment. “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.”

Moreover, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida will leave his current position as President of Worldwide Studios to “become head of a newly formed initiative that will focus on nurturing external independent creators,” reporting directly to President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan.

“I am thrilled to announce Shu Yoshida as head of this new initiative. 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,” Ryan said of the new appointment. “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.”