Hideo Kojima will be named Industry Icon at the 2016 Game Awards

Last year, Hideo Kojima was unable to attend The Game Awards due to complicated contractual issues with former publisher Konami. This year, not only will he be attending the event, but he’ll be on stage, accepting the Industry Icon award.

At the 2015 awards, Kiefer Sutherland accepted an award on Kojima’s behalf for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the game that saw him play the voice of Snake. Now, industry veteran Geoff Keighley has revealed via Twitter that the man himself will take the stage.

In 2014, The Game Awards presented Ken Williams and Roberta Williams from Sierra Entertainment with the first Industry Icon award. Last year saw Westwood Studios founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle receive the honour, so Kojima-san is in good company.

The next few months look like busy ones for Kojima-san. He’s set to appear at RTX Sydney in February, taking a break from working hard on his new game, Death Stranding, which we know next to nothing about. We’re hoping, seeing as he’ll be in California for the Game Awards, he may well use that as an opportunity to show or tell us a bit more about the game… but we’re not holding our collective breath.

Still, we don’t have long to wait. The Game Awards 2016 are scheduled for Thursday, December 1 at 6pm PT, and will be streamed on just about every platform you care to mention. We’ll be watching – will you?

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