Shawn Layden was, for a short time, the general public face of PlayStation – and followers grew to like him. The manager, who had an extended historical past at Sony taking him from Europe to Japan, grew to become a family title when he changed Jack Tretton because the boss of Sony Pc Leisure America. He’d later go on to change into chairman of Worldwide Studios, earlier than departing in 2019.
In response to a Bloomberg report earlier at present that urged PlayStation is doubling down on blockbusters and abandoning its extra inventive background, many have been sharing an outdated clip on social media by which Layden talks about Vib-Ribbon. The soliloquy successfully concludes that, whereas the PS1 rhythm title wasn’t an enormous vendor in any respect, it “wasn’t the purpose”.
That’s touched a nerve amongst fans, and plenty of are expressing that they miss the manager on social media. It seems that Layden – presumably with loads of free time on his gardening depart – is studying the entire feedback, and liking everything he sees. The overarching sentiment in most of the posts is that present boss Jim Ryan is dangerous, and outdated boss Layden was the GOAT.
It’s maybe price remembering, nonetheless, that Layden by no means held high workplace at PlayStation; he was an essential determine throughout his tenure, working each the Japanese and American arms earlier than taking management of Worldwide Studios, however was by no means the CEO. And in reality, the swimsuit really hinted on the organisation’s transition to fewer however greater titles earlier than he left.
“I feel we have completed lots during the last three or 4 years to get us to a spot proper now the place we’re constructing fewer video games per 12 months than ever earlier than, however we’re spending extra time, extra vitality, actually more cash, on making them,” he instructed CNET in the beginning of 2019, earlier than elaborating on the organisations “first, best, must” technique.
We’ll in all probability by no means know what occurred internally that led to Layden’s departure, and we miss his ardour for the trade as nicely, however attributing gigantic company selections to a single individual could be harmful. We don’t know what PlayStation would appear to be with Layden nonetheless on the high, however we’d hazard it in all probability wouldn’t be massively totally different to what we see at present.