Jim Ryan’s Interim Successor Starts Work

Hiroki Totoki is taking over as interim head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, moving from his role as Sony’s president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer to temporarily replace the late Jim Ryan.


Totoki will work closely with Kenichiro Yoshida (Chairman and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, the parent company) and the management of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) to shape the next chapter of PlayStation’s future, including the appointment of a new CEO for SIE.

Although Totoki only officially took over from Jim Ryan yesterday, he has already been visiting the PlayStation Studios team and sharing his views on Sony’s games strategy. We previously reported what he said in February during the company’s quarterly financial report. He wants to see Sony become more aggressive on margins, and part of the way the company could do that is by bringing first-party games to PC (rather than waiting up to two years for something to appear on Steam and the Epic Games Store after PlayStation 4/PlayStation 5; Ghost of Tsushima followed a similar path).

At the same time, he expressed his opinion that Bungie is not very committed to its development schedules, as it “should take more responsibility for its development schedules. Totoki was impressed with Bungie’s science, but from a business perspective, there was room for improvement: “I visited the Bungie studios and had meetings with [management], and I saw that the people working in the studios were highly motivated and showed great creativity as well as an impressive knowledge of live services. However, I also felt that there was room for improvement from a business perspective in areas such as the use of business expenses and accountability for development schedules. I hope to continue the dialog and come up with some good solutions.

So Totoki isn’t holding back, even though he won’t be staying in that position for long.

Source: VGC

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