Hideo Kojima, the auteur behind the Metal Gear franchise, will be honored at the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit with an induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
The academy cite Kojima’s approach to story and engaging players as the reason for his selection. Past recipients of the honor include Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Valve’s Gabe Newell, and Fantasyland mayor Peter Molyneux.
“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 AIAS, said in a press release. “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.”
Historically, members of the game industry have presented the awards, but the press release notes that film director Guillermo del Toro will be the one doing the honors this year. Del Toro collaborated with the Metal Gear auteur on Silent Hills before the project’s cancellation and Kojima’s subsequent departure from Konami. Though del Toro said he “will never again get involved in video games” in August of last year, the director also stated in July that he and Kojima were looking into opportunities to collaborate in a different way.
Perhaps we’ll find out if del Toro plans to work with Kojima’s new studio during the awards ceremony, which takes place February 18th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.