Change is coming to the house of PlayStation, as the current President and Global Chief Executive Officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, is stepping down. In his place, current deputy president of SIE John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera will become the new leader.
According to the official statement from SIE, House will remain with the company, keeping his chairman status through the end of 2017 to help with the transitional period. Kodera’s CEO responsibilities began immediately after the announcement.
“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company,” House said. “PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges.”
House has been with Sony for 27 years, working in the mid-’90s on the launch of the first PlayStation before becoming business President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2011. During his time as the leader, he ushered in the PlayStation 4, put more focus on PlayStation Plus, oversaw the launch of PlayStation Now, and more recently, guided the development and release of PlayStation VR.
Working alongside House in PlayStation’s game and network services, Kodera helped launch many of the company’s experiences outside of gaming. PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Video, and PlayStation Music, which brought the partnership with Sony and Spotify, were all launched and introduced to players under his guidance.
“It’s a great honor to take on the role of President and CEO, SIE, and I’m very grateful to Kaz and Andy for the trust and faith they have shown in me,” Kodera said in the statement. “I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform.”
As far as how the leadership swap will affect previously announced PlayStation-exclusive titles, everything seems to be remaining the same. Upcoming anticipated titles, like PlayStation 4’s God of War and Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima’s first game under his new company, are still arriving down the line to bring new life to the PlayStation brand.