The father of Metal Gear, Hideo Kojima, has been named the next induction into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame. The official induction will take place during the 19th annual DICE Awards in February.
For many gamers, naming Hideo Kojima the 21st member of the AIAS Hall of Fame is something of a no-brainer. He’s been making the Metal Gear games for a couple of decades now, all of which tend to push their respective launch platforms to new heights.
Kojima will receive his honor from none other than film director Guillermo del Toro, the man behind such movies as Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and, more recently, Crimson Peak.
You may also remember del Toro as being Kojima’s co-pilot in the ill-fated Silent Hills project. The duo were set to co-direct a new horror game, with the hugely popular, and utterly terrifying, P.T. serving as its “Playable Teaser.” Behind the early demise of the Sega Dreamcast, I’d argue that the cancellation of Silent Hills is probably one of the greatest disappointments in gaming history.
That was, of course, only one small prong of the extremely public breakup between Kojima and his former parent company, Konami. While the full story may never be told, what was on display was ugly enough to get the point across that the two entities were not parting ways as besties. Konami removed Kojima Productions’ logos from all promotional material tied to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a game many hold to be the best release of 2015.
The spat went back and forth until Kojima and Konami finally parted ways, but that was only after a weird period where many claimed Kojima had already departed while Konami made announcements that boiled down to, “Disagree!” Then, before the dust could finally settle, Konami denied Kojima an opportunity to attend the 2015 rendition of The Game Awards to receive a special honor.
Now that the break-up is official, Konami appears to be planning on continuing the Metal Gear series while Kojima has established a new studio, partnered with Sony and is already making his next game.
According to a recent statement from AIAS president Martin Rae, Kojima has earned his spot in the Hall of Fame with a lifetime dedicated to making games that push boundaries.
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.
Now the question remains; will he and Guillermo del Toro make good on their plans to reunite and put a game out? Fingers crossed.