Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves has announced his retirement, but contrary to speculation, it has nothing whatsoever to do with Sony or its products. In fact, although he still believes the PlayStation 3 has a ways to go before it can overtake the competition, he still thinks it'll be the dominant console in 3-5 years time.
According to a recent interview Reeves gave to GamesIndustry.biz , Reeves said one can compare the current console race to the ol' tortoise-and-hare story and in the end, it'll be close to a "dead heat." The future is bright for the PS3, he added, when he said he examined the future lineup of new software and products, and he's "very, very optimistic" that the PlayStation brand will continue to grow and run strong. It's his last day as SCEE president and he's proud of taking SCE "through the harder years," managing to keep PlayStation a "prominent brand in all territories, both for PlayStation 2, PSP and PlayStation 3." As for Andrew House, who will be assuming Reeves' position, Reeves says he doesn't really have any advice for him, but he labels House "a very seasoned and professional person," so hopefully, the gamers in Europe can expect good things from the new man in charge. Lastly, Reeves quickly dismissed the rumor that he was off to join Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds; he says he might one day return to the industry, but he has no such plans at this time.
"I'm actually retiring and my ambition is over the next couple of months is to get some rest because it's been a very tough year. And then I'm just going to try and do some things that I've always wanted to do in the past. Some of those might be in the games industry, but what I'm saying is I'll try and do several things. I honestly don't have any concrete plans, I'm not going anywhere. You won't see me on May 1 with a new company."
Therefore, this is probably the last interview you'll see with Reeves when he's in an executive position in this industry. If he does return one day, there's no knowing where he might pop up but for now, it's clear he just wants to relax. Well, we say it's well deserved.