Video game legend Hideo Kojima will take his place in gaming history next week as he becomes the 21st member of the Interactive Arts Hall of Fame. Kojima will be inducted into the organization next month at the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas on February 18.
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. The idea is to continually promote the interactive entertainment community, recognizing achievement and outstanding contribution.
Kojima will follow in the footsteps of other greats including Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, Sam Houser of Rock Games and Nintendo legend, Shigeru Miyamoto.
A special guest
Presenting the awards this year will be none other than the iconic film director, Guillermo del Toro. A close friend of Kojima, the two had recently paired up to work on Silent Hills together before its highly controversial cancellation. The pair still have high hopes on working on a project in the future, but I suspect this may be a while.
“Hideo Kojima’s career-defining works have shaped much of how the video game industry approaches 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.” - AIAS President Martin Rae
On December 15, 2015, Kojima's work with Konami officially ended allowing him to form his very own independent studio, coined Kojima Productions. The studio's first game will be a PS4/PC exclusive. I also believe that it will be Kojima Productions that will spearhead any possible Guillermo del Toro / Kojima collaboration.
“I want to create something that’s what people expect, but at the same time will have something new that people haven’t seen before,” - Hideo Kojima
This news really does herald the rebirth of a gaming legend. After a particularly harried 2015, Hideo Kojima once again has the world at his feet. With Kojima Productions up and running and the creative juices flowing without constraint once again, the future of the gaming world is now a much brighter place.