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Sony's Dr Dave Ranyard leaving to independently pursue VR

By Dan Pearson

Sony's Dr Dave Ranyard leaving to independently pursue VR

Wed 10 Feb 2016 9:00am GMT / 4:00am EST / 1:00am PST

Head of Sony London looking forward to working on PSVR under own terms

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Dr. Dave Ranyard, studio head of Sony London, has announced that he's leaving the company to pursue his own independent career in VR development.

Ranyard was heavily involved with the production of various PSVR demos at the studio, including the critically acclaimed 'The London Heist'. A 17 year veteran of the London office, Ranyard had also worked on many more unconventional titles like Singstar, Wonderbook, Eyetoy and The Getaway.

"2016 is going to be THE year of VR so it's the perfect time for me to take this step into independent development," he said in a statement. "The emergence of a new medium like VR doesn't come along very often and I really want to be a part of this new world. It was a tough decision to leave Sony as I have really enjoyed my time there, working on some amazing games and making some lifelong friends. I'm also a huge PlayStation fanboy at heart so am looking forward to working on Sony's VR platform in addition to others that will be available."

Ranyard hasn't revealed any details of what he'll be working on next, but says he hopes to be able to talk about it soon.

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