Sony dev boss Yoshida gives first interview since replacing Harrison

By Patrick Garratt
16 June 2008 16:05 GMT

GI’s got what we’re pretty sure is the first interview with Shuhei Yoshida, Phil Harrison’s replacement as president of Sony worldwide studios.

It’s the first part of two, apparently, and the stand-out bit’s a comment passing off the Getaway and Eight Day closures as “normal”.

“As you might know, starting and cancelling projects is just a normal part of our business. What’s unusual about this case is that we usually don’t announce titles until we have a really good feel, until they’re getting ready and we have an idea of launch day,” said Yoshida.

“The situation was that because we started talking about the PS3 in 2005-6, the idea concepts that became the Eight Days and The Getaway projects had something very representative of things that we think will define this generation of game development – the particles, the fantastic explosions, and so on.

“So company management decided to show it as an example, as a demo, not necessarily meaning that they were titles to come. It could have been a little bit confusing because there were lots of announcements of actual titles, but because of timing we made the unusual decision to announce those two at a very early stage of development.”

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