Metal Gear Solid auteur and recent Konami escapee Hideo Kojima has been named the twenty-first member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and will be presented with the 2015 Hall of Fame award by writer/director Guillermo del Toro at the DICE Summit next month.
This is one awards ceremony that Kojima will have no problem attending: back in December, while Kojima was still under contract with Konami, his former employer blocked him from attending The Game Awards due to an on-going feud between the two parties, one that Kojima is contractually prohibited from discussing. Kojima officially left Konami two weeks later, launching his new, independent Kojima Productions game studio.
While still with Konami, Kojima was collaborating with del Toro on Silent Hills, the much-anticipated Silent Hill sequel, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, that was canned following the release of the game’s stealth demo, P.T..
“Hideo Kojima’s career-defining works have shaped much of how the video game industry approaches cinematic storytelling and player engagement,” Martin Rae, President of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, said. “As one of the most well-loved and well-respected designers of our time, it is a great honor for the Academy to induct him into our Hall of Fame. Hideo is a game creator whose eyes have always looked towards the future, and we look forward to his thoughts on the D.I.C.E. Summit stage.”
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