The gaping hole left when industry legend Peter Molyneux announced his departure from Microsoft has been filled, with the firm announcing the appointment of Phil Harris as the new head of Microsoft Games Studios for Europe-based operations.
Harrison looks well suited for the post, having previously held a senior position at Atari and, more interestingly, Sony Computer Entertainment, where he was known for his "ebullient on-stage conference performances and confident brand evangelism", says a GamesIndustry International report.
"I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry," said Harrison in statement posted on Major Nelson's blog. "I am really impressed with the company’s long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed."
Microsoft seem equally pleased about this new union.
"We are honored to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry," said Microsoft Studios' CVP Phil Spencer. "Phil is one of video gaming’s true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region."
Time will tell whether Harrison will have what it takes to live up to the standards set by the his pioneering predecessor Peter Molyneux.