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Astro Bot Director Is Now Head Of Sony’s Japan Studio


Nicolas Doucet, the director behind Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, is now head of SIE Japan Studio, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced.

Doucet directed 2007’s EyePet for the PlayStation 3. In 2012, he went on to found ASOBI Team, a division of Japan Studio formed specifically to develop games for Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. 

Aside from Astro Bot, SIE Japan Studio has been responsible for games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Gravity Rush, and The Last Guardian. Japan Studio was also involved in the development of From Software’s Bloodborne.

Doucet’s takeover of Japan Studio follows other recent announcements of management re-shuffling at Sony Interactive Entertainment. Last November, Sony announced that Herman Hulst, co-founder of Guerilla Games, would be taking over Worldwide Studios. Prior to that, the company appointed former PlayStation Europe head Jim Ryan its new President and CEO.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.