PlayStation Exec Tsuyoshi Kodera Will Leave SIE in April

PlayStation Exec Tsuyoshi Kodera Will Leave SIE in April

Kodera isn’t leaving the Sony family entirely, but this change comes on the heels of other big decisions.

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PlayStation Exec Tsuyoshi Kodera Will Leave SIE in April

PlayStation just entered the next generation with confidence, and another change is coming to Sony’s internal structure. Executive Tsuyoshi Kodera will be leaving the Interactive Entertainment division at the end of the fiscal year, relinquishing control of PlayStation’s online services.

However, Kodera won’t be leaving the Sony family as the veteran plans to step into a new role within the corporation on April 1. This domestic change comes hot on the heels of suspicion surrounding Sony’s intent to focus more on the US market instead of its native one – resulting in the removal of development team members, including Demon’s Souls producer Teruyuki Toriyama and Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama. Boss Jim Ryan told Edge Magazine that these claims were incorrect, stating that the company is “excited about the engagement of the Japanese game development community.”

Before Ryan was at the helm, Kodera briefly filled the position of PlayStation’s CEO and president. The executive has a sturdy 30-year relationship with Sony, who first joined SIE’s network team as a senior vice president in 2010. Kodera’s leading role in network operations brought about the launch of PlayStation’s online services, including the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Now, and PlayStation Plus. The veteran was made deputy president when Sony merged its Computer Entertainment and Network Entertainment divisions to become Sony Interactive Entertainment. Kodera then took over the role of CEO and president in 2017 – for a short time – after the departure of Andrew House.

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Kodera’s influence within the Network group produced one of Sony’s biggest money-makers: PlayStation Plus. The online service offers multiple discounts and free monthly games to customers, raking in over 40 million subscribers since its inception to May of last year. Sony’s subscription has proved to be superior to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold offer for years – regarding customers’ opinions on the quality of games included. The 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription has also held its $59.99 price – unlike Microsoft that recently considered charging the same amount for 6 months of content before resuming its 12-month offer.

Adding to its already impressive catalogue, we’ve compiled a list of all the games available this month on PlayStation Plus. These additions will include Greedfall, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Maneater for PS5 owners. The latter had a rather buggy launch, therefore, Sony is refunding customers who purchased the game – biting off more than it could chew.

Source: Video Games Chronicle

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