Connie Booth, the head of internal production at PlayStation, has reportedly left the company. Booth was involved with several PlayStation projects since the early days of the console, overseeing the launch of several major releases like Crash Bandicoot, Ratchet & Clank and more.
Sony hasn’t officially confirmed Booth’s departure yet, though former Sony employee David Jaffe, best known for creating the God of War and Twisted Metal franchises, first broke the news in a recent podcast episode, calling it ““sad, frustrating, potentially super disrespectful”. Since Booth’s tenure at PlayStation, she has been involved in the production of over 100 games and franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, The Last of Us, Ghost of Tsushima and Marvel’s Spider-Man, among many others.
Connie Booth was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 2020 for being integral to the production of many beloved Sony Interactive Entertainment projects.
In the video discussing Booth’s departure, Jaffe claims that he has no idea if Booth willingly left PlayStation or if she was fired, though confirms through multiple internal sources at Sony that she was no longer with the company:
“Here’s what I can tell you. She is no longer at Sony. I don’t have a lot of details, I don’t know if she was fired, or laid off – when I heard the story everyone was telling me she was fired, and then I heard that her team was also walked out of the building. I don’t know if that’s just someone being dramatic or if that actually happened.”
PlayStation will soon undergo some executive changes after CEO Jim Ryan announced that he’d be stepping down from the company in 2024. It’s not known who will pick up after Ryan, though many speculate that current Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, might fill in the role.
Watch David Jaffe’s full video discussing Booth’s departure from PlayStation below:
Source: David Jaffe