A New Dawn
Guerrilla Games' co-founder Hermen Hulst has gotten a bit of a career bump — he's been promoted to Head of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment, putting him at one of the most prominent positions within the company.
Mr. Hulst began his career with two years in Strategic Marketing at Philips Electronics according to his LinkedIn page. He then worked as a Senior Consultant at Andersen Consulting for another two years before he entered the gaming industry proper by co-founding Guerrilla Games in 2001.
18 years later (and 8 years after officially becoming a PlayStation employee), and Mr. Hulst has found himself promoted to Sony Interactive Entertainment's Head of Worldwide Studios. Now, one of the key people behind Horizon: Zero Dawn is in charge of more people than ever before.
Guerrilla Games' Co-Founder Leads the Way
"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 Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan in a 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."
In his new position, Hermen Hulst will manage and lead pretty much everything for the 14 game developers that are under the umbrella of Sony Worldwide Studios. Among their upcoming projects is a hunt for "external developers" that are working on interesting projects, an initiative that will be headed up by longtime PlayStation luminary Shuhei Yoshida, as the shakeups at Sony continue.
While Mr. Hurst has had an interesting career so far with games like Killzone and Horizon: Zero Dawn to his credit, he seems more than ready to take things to the next level.
"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," the new Head of Worldwide Studios 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."
What do you think of the former Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst being promoted to Head of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment? What influence do you think he'll have on future game development? Let us know in the comments below!