The former head of defunct Microsoft developer Lionhead Studios, Stuart Whyte has been sought out to join Sony’s London Studio in order to supervise development on upcoming AAA PlayStation VR projects.
Whyte is a well-known figure in the videogames industry, having previously worked on Lionhead’s flagship game Fable and several other titles, occupying various roles as operations director, head of production, executive producer and finally as studio director; a role he held until the studio was closed in 2016. Prior to working for Lionhead Studios, Whyte also held positions with UK developers Bullfrog and Microsprose, who produced classic games such as Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate, Civilisation and Master of Orion. He also spent three years working with Xbox as a chief publishing officer.
London Studios is one of Sony’s most reliable and consistent studios, having produced titles such as the SingStar series and The Playroom and, more recently, PlayStation VR Worlds, which was a compilation of demos and interactive trailers for the PlayStation VR. PlayStation VR Worlds included the highly praised proof of concept demo, The London Heist.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, Whyte said: “I’m super excited to be joining the London team to lead them further on their journey to becoming the world’s leading AAA, VR team.”
Whyte will begin his new role on Monday 15th May 2017. It is not yet known what projects he will be working on at the studio, other than that it is likely to be virtual reality focussed as his new job title is that of Director of VR Product Development, a newly-created role.
VRFocus will bring you further news on London Studio’s VR projects when it becomes available.