Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima will officially be recognized as an industry icon, a descriptor many gamers have already applied to him in less-official statements.
On December 1, the Game Awards will present Kojima, the creator and longtime creative mastermind of the popular Metal Gear series of games, with its Industry Icon lifetime achievement award.
“Hideo Kojima is one of our industry’s most accomplished and innovative storytellers,” Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards, said in a prepared statement. “When we started work on this year’s Game Awards, my first priority was to make sure we honor him properly in front of his peers and fans.”
Taking to Twitter, Keighley added that “One of the most important things I wanted to do this year was give [Kojima] the stage moment he was robbed of last year.”
It’s a reference to Kojima’s less-than-harmonious departure from Konami. The developer gave its most recognizable designer the boot after the release of 2015’s highly praised Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and barred Kojima from attending last year’s Game Awards where the game was honored as 2015’s Best Action/Adventure Game. Keifer Sutherland, who voiced The Phantom Pain’s Venom Snake, accepted the award on Kojima’s behalf.
It’s largely believed that Kojima’s ousting came in the wake of The Phantom Pain being repeatedly delayed and ultimately requiring far more time and money to finish than was originally estimated. Kojima has since moved on to a new project called Death Stranding as a developer for Sony.