Famed Japanese game designer and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima finally accepted the Industry Icon Award at 2016 edition of The Game Awards on Dec. 1. Kojima had spent nearly three decades fostering the Metal Gear video game franchise before parting ways with publisher Konami last year.
“Last year, I thought I lost everything,” Kojima said, accepting the award. “But I didn’t.”
A year ago, Kojima was supposed to take stage and collect trophies at The Game Awards for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. However, since his fallout with developer Konami, days ahead of the release of the game, Kojima was barred from attending the show.
The painful and public fallout involved cancellation of Silent Hills, the removal of Kojima’s name from the cover of the final Metal Gear Solid title and the dissolution of Kojima Productions Los Angeles.
Kojima Suffered Abuse
However, this was not all. In an interview with Glixel, Game Awards host Geoff Keighley shed some light on what occurred between Kojima and Konami. He revealed the developers not only barred Kojima, but their treatment was on borderline abuse. Kojima was locked in a separate room from his development team and was not even allowed to contact them.
“It was such a difficult time because [Kojima] was going through a lot last year,” Keighley said in the interview. “The fact that he finished that game under those circumstances is just amazing. He was locked in a separate room on a different floor than his development team for the final six months of development. He couldn’t even talk to them – he had to talk through someone else. That’s how that game was finished.”
Kojima’s on the up-and-up these days, however, after forming a new studio called Kojima Productions. His next project is “Death Stranding,” an action game that will feature Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus in lead role.
More details of the Death Stranding release date can be expected as Hideo is expected to head a panel at PSX 2016. The schedule for the panel of “Death Stranding” was announced on the PlayStation Blog. It starts at 1 PM PT on Saturday, Dec. 3, and it will also be followed by an autograph-signing session by Hideo Kojima from 2:00 to 2:45 PM PT.