Layden has been liking tweets criticizing PlayStation leadership over a period of hours today, after a report surfaced suggesting there is infighting within the company. Among Layden’s liked tweets was one in which a user suggested that “the difference between Shawn Layden and Jim Ryan’s leadership is becoming increasingly apparent.”
Shawn Layden likes tweets criticizing Sony’s Jim Ryan
A Bloomberg report published today claimed that Sony is now completely prioritizing blockbuster games, moving away from investing in smaller, riskier creative pursuits in favor of putting its weight behind blockbuster-producing studios like Naughty Dog. This has also reportedly seen its developers being funneled into these studios, causing a high turnover rate in the process.
Since the report was published, Layden has been liking dozens of tweets calling for him to return to PlayStation. This includes a clip from E3 in which Layden praised the cult classic game Vib Ribbon, saying that it “wasn’t a multi-million seller, but that wasn’t the point,” in a stark contrast to Sony’s current approach.
I hope in the future we see more games like Vib Ribbon, Tokyo Jungle, Trash panic, Siren Blood Curse, and all sorts of weird smaller games that don't go on to sell AAA numbers but really sell that weird uniqueness that PlayStation used to really carry so heavily back then.— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) November 30, 2020
Layden also liked a tweet proclaiming that “Sony is dead,” another criticizing Sony for downscaling its Japan Studio, and more generally criticizing Jim Ryan’s leadership of the PlayStation brand.
While Layden hasn’t directly tweeted about the report on Sony’s alleged infighting, his liked tweets paint the picture that he disapproves of the company’s current direction. Though it’s unlikely that Layden will return to the PlayStation brand, it seems as though the former CEO is in agreement with other Twitter users who believe that PlayStation was safer in his hands.
Layden succeeded Jack Tretton as Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO in 2014, before stepping down from the company in 2019. It was widely reported that the reasons behind this were due to an internal struggle between Layden and Ryan regarding the company’s restructuring.
In other PlayStation news, it was reported that Days Gone 2 was cancelled due to the company’s reaction to its mixed critical reception. A new PS5 error has also concerned the console’s users due to it forcing a factory reset.
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