Dave Ranyard, head of Sony’s London Studio for the past 17 years, has announced plans to leave his longtime employer to pursue new projects. Sony London has been known recently for work on PlayStation VR demos as well as on The Getaway, Wonderbook, Eyetoy, and Singstar. Ranyard plans to use his experience working on virtual reality to, according to GameInformer, “be a part of [virtual reality’s] new world” because “2016 is going to be the year of VR so it’s the perfect time for [him] to take this step into independent development.”

Specifics on Raynard’s next project have yet to be divulged, but it’s interesting to note that Raynard wants to be a part of the “new world” of virtual reality, just not with Sony. Whether Raynard has taken a new position elsewhere or has a project in mind is unclear, but it stands to reason the executive had a good reason to leave his position of nearly two decades.