This morning, reports from Europe indicated that Phil Harrison would head to Microsoft, who later clarified the news, naming him corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business “with an emphasis on growing the division’s European business.”
Microsoft corporate vice president of Studios Phil Spencer welcomed Harrison in a press release. “We are honored to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry,” Spencer said. Harrison has been charged with “overseeing UK-based developers Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions and Rare Ltd.,” a role he’ll likely warm to quickly given past work as head of worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment.
Harrison’s most recent employer is game industry venture capital firm London Venture Partners, where he served as a general partner. He continues on as “special advisor.” Harrison will not be replacing former Microsoft Studios Europe head Peter Molyneux (who recently left Microsoft), although he will be overseeing Lionhead. Molyneux’s role at Lionhead as studio manager is currently occupied by COO Mark Webley, according to Microsoft.