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The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced that it has selected Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima for induction to its Hall of Fame. Kojima will be only the 21st individual to receive such honors.
He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards on February 18. The award will be presented by Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro, with whom Kojima was partnered for the ill-fated Silent Hills.
After nearly 30 years at Konami, Kojima’s tenure came to a close under rocky circumstances. The divorce dragged on for over a year, beginning with the publisher’s removal of the auteur’s name from box art for older entries in the Metal Gear series.
The situation came to a close loudly, as it was revealed that Kojima was legally prohibited by Konami from attending The Game Awards in December. Shortly thereafter, he announced the formation of his own studio, Kojima Productions. The first project he’ll be undertaking is a partnership with Sony.
The 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit takes place in Las Vegas from February 16 through 18.