Last week, the team over at Microsoft lost one their most creative minds when Peter Molyneux announced he would be leaving the company to head new studio 22 Cans. Today, Microsoft revealed his replacement — former Sony executive and investment guru Phil Harrison.
Harrison will be overseeing Lionhead Studios (Molyneux’s old position), Soho Productions and Rare Ltd.
“I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry,” said Harrison. “I am really impressed with the company’s long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed.”
“We are honored to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios. “Phil is one of video gaming’s true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region.”
Harrison left Sony back in 2008 when he co-founded London Venture Partners, a company specialising in games industry investments. The report from Games Industry Biz states Harrison will continue as Special Advisor for the investment firm as he switches his focus to Microsoft.
Source: Games Industry Biz