The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced that Hideo Kojima will be inducted as the 21st member of the organization’s hall of fame.
The President of AIAS, Martin Rae, released the following statement:
Hideo Kojima’s career-defining works have shaped much of how the video game Industry approaches the cinematic storytelling and player engagement. 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.
Previous entries into the hall of fame include Peter Molyneux, Gabe Newell, Sid Meier, and Shigeru Miyamoto (who was the very first person inducted into the HOF at E3 in 1998.)
This must be a breath of fresh air for Kojima after a rocky 2015. Last year, the bumps in the road included the cancellation of Silent Hills, which was being developed in collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, as well as several clashes with previous employer Konami, such as having his name removed from Metal Gear Solid 5 and being barred from the Video Game Awards.
The year ended with Hideo Kojima striking out to focus on his own studio, Kojima Productions, so it wasn’t all bad news for the legendary game-maker.
The induction will take place February 18th, during the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas, where del Toro himself will present Kojima with the award.
We’ll keep you updated as the awards take place. One thing is for sure, Kojima definitely won’t be banned from this ceremony.
Hey Kojima, how are you feeling about the award?