PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida to Focus on Nurturing Independent Creators

Sony Interactive Entertainment today announced the forming of a new PlayStation initiative under Shuhei Yoshida.

Yoshida, the former president of Worldwide Studios, will take on a new role in the restructured Sony Interactive Entertainment. He has formed a new initiative focused around external independent developers. His role involves ensuring these creators have the tools, technology, and services necessary to develop excellent titles for PlayStation.

“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.

Independent titles were certainly an important cornerstone of the PS4 offering back at launch. Sony focused heavily on attracting top talent to the platform, and placed less restrictions on them than Microsoft. Those roles have flipped in recent years. While Microsoft has stepped up their efforts with ID@Xbox, Sony has primarily focused on AAA experiences. Yoshida’s new initiative indicates the console manufacturer is ramping up indie efforts as they barrel towards the launch of PS5. Consequently, that console launches holiday 2020.

We’ll let you know should anymore information about this initiative comes out. In other news, Sony today announced that Hermen Hulst is now the Head of Worldwide Studios.