Shuhei Yoshida moves to a new position.
Herman Hulst

Sony is making even more changes in their managerial roles. The latest was announced early this morning with Hermen Hulst taking over as the new Head of Worldwide Studios (WWS). Hermen Hulst is the co-founder of Guerrilla Games and most recently served as the development studio's Managing Director.

Hulst's promotion also means that Shuhei Yoshida is getting shifted around a bit within PlayStation. Thankfully, Yoshida isn't leaving the company. He will insteads move from being the President of Worldwide Studios to lead a "newly formed initiative that will focus on nurturing external independent creators."

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, had some positive words to say about Hulst's promotion.

"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. 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."
During his time with Guerilla, Hulst had his hand in the creation of the Killzone franchise. He also helped bring about the widely acclaimed Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerilla also is responsible for the creation of the Decima engine. This engine has helped form the foundation for games like Horizon Zero Dawn and the upcoming Death Stranding from Kojima Productions.

These moves come just a few days after Gio Corsi announced that he was parting ways from PlayStation. It also comes a bit over a month since Shawn Layden left as the boss of PlayStation Worldwide Studios.

Shuhei Yoshida

Shuhei Yoshida's new role will have him reporting directly to Jim Ryan. Shuhei will work on cultivating a group of independent devs. He will ensure that these indies will have all of the necessary tools, hardware, and services to reach PlayStation's ever growing pool of consumers.

"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. 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," added Ryan.