The Game Awards is normally just one of the many award shows that come around this time of year, but recently it’s gotten better as the years have gone by, despite being only a few years old. Now, it will add another great to its group of award recipients, in this case Hideo Kojima.
At The Game Awards 2015, Hideo Kojima was originally supposed to be getting an award for his work on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, his last work with Konami before the company went nuts and fired him while treating the employees of Kojima Productions exceedingly poorly.
Kojima would fail to show, and at the break Geoff Keighly, who hosts and founded the awards, revealed (to the booing of the entire audience) that the reason Kojima couldn’t make it was because Konami did not allow him. Keifer Sutherland, the voice of Snake in the game, accepted the awards on Kojima’s behalf.
Now, both Hideo Kojima and The Game Awards are going to be getting back at Konami, as the awards show intends to honor him as an industry icon. Metal Gear Solid is one of the most well-regarded series of all times, even with Konami ruining the fifth installment.
Ever since his departure from Konami (after being held onto them for a year until his contract ran out, during which he couldn’t develop any games or make his own company), Kojima has been busy keeping in contact with Norman Reedus, Guillermo Del Toro, Epic Games, and a number of other influential figures, until he finally announced his new game Death Stranding at this year’s E3 Playstation conference. While Death Stranding is several years away, Hideo Kojima has been welcomed back to the game development industry with excitement and anticipation by the rest of the community.
The Game Awards will be taking place on December 1, and will likely be streamed, so if you’re interested in seeing Kojima again you can tune in and watch.