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Hideo Kojima presented AIAS Hall of Fame honor from Guillermo del Toro at 19th D.I.C.E. Awards

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In the wake of releasing Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, breaking from publisher Konami, and forming his own independent studio, Hideo Kojima is being honored for his decades of work in the gaming industry. And he’ll be awarded the honor by his would-be collaborator Guillermo del Toro.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences will be inducting Kojima into its Hall of Fame at the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas, where del Toro, whom Kojima was set to work with on Silent Hills before the project was axed, will present the award.

Kojima spent decades working on the Metal Gear Solid series, including EW’s game of 2015, The Phantom Pain. Shortly before 2015 ended, Kojima announced, after months of speculation, that he was no longer working under Konami. He revealed the formation of his new studio Kojima Productions, along with a deal with Sony to produce a PlayStation-exclusive title that would be the start of a new franchise.  He was also set to produce Silent Hills with del Toro, which was preceded by the horror hit PT: The Playable Teaser.

“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,” Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, said.

Kojima is currently working on the early days of forming Kojima Productions and the unnamed project in conjunction with Sony.