Yoshifusa Hayama has left his role as executive producer of The Last Guardian to join News Corporation's Bossa as creative director.
Hayama had served for four years as Sony Computer Entertainment vice president. News of his departure follows chatter of The Last Guardian's creative lead, Fumito Ueda, quitting Sony to go his own way - he is believed to be finishing work on the game in a freelance capacity.
With around 14 years experience in Japanese and UK gaming, Hayama has been tasked with guiding Bossa in the creation of its first 3D social game.
Hayama said that the future of gaming is "definitely online and thanks to recent developments with Flash 11, there is no reason why a social game can no longer be as visually stunning and as compelling as the big console titles."
Bossa plans to bring games to Facebook and other "appropriate social media channels". The studio's first title, Monstermind, has reached 380,000 monthly active users.