Updated / Phil Harrison resigns, Kaz Hirai to take over

philharrisonresigns.jpgSony has just announced that Phil Harrison, the long time head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, will resign on February 29th and that Kaz Hirai will be assuming the position immediately, in addition to his current responsibilities.

Harrison has been with Sony since 1992 and has been a core member of the teams that launched all four PlayStation consoles. He has been instrumental for Sony by building relationships with developers and publishers worldwide, and by aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.

He’s been involved in the industry for about 20 years, starting as a designer and a graphic artist in the UK before becoming head of development for Mindscape International, and then moving on to Sony.

Phil Harrison: “The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far. I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

Kaz Hirai said Harrison has played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and the industry in general. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors,” Hirai said.

Update: GamesIndustry writes that, according to their sources, Harrison will likely join forces with David Gardner, an ex-EA executive, to spearhead Atari’s push into the casual games space.