In an admittedly strange move, former President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment has resigned from his position to become the President of Infogrames (Atari). Things haven’t been looking so good for Atari recently. Phil had become the public face of Sony in recent times, and had his hand in some big projects such as Home, and independent games on Playstation Network. During the week of the Game Developer’s conference he was quoted saying some interesting things about Sony of Japan. He went on record that Sony Japan did not expect social gaming to turn popular in Japan.
“Our Japanese colleagues said that there is no such thing as social gaming in Japan – people do not play games on the same sofa together in each other’s homes. It will never happen. And then out comes the Wii.” said Harrison with GamesIndustry.biz “It’s a very interesting and frustrating thing for me to experience because I have been banging the drum about social gaming for a long time, with SingStar, EyeToy and Buzz.”
Harrison resigned from Sony Computer Entertainment on February 25, and started at Infogrames on March 3.
“This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari – one of the industry’s legendary brands. As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over.”
Hopefully he can help save Atari, and not end up letting the sinking ship get his spirit too wet.