Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima to receive BAFTA Fellowship award

Hideo Kojima, the brains behind Death Stranding and the Metal Gear series, is having his work acknowledged at the BAFTAs in April.

While Death Stranding was certainly divisive amongst critics and fans, you can’t deny its imaginative and ambitious narrative, something that only Hideo Kojima could have come up with.

Fans of his work will be pleased to know that his accomplishments will soon be further acknowledged, as he is set to receive a Fellowship at the BAFTA Game Awards this April.

The Fellowship is the highest accolade the BAFTA can bestow, and is reserved for those that that have provided an outstanding contribution to the world of media.

‘Thank you very much for this precious BAFTA Fellowship award,’ said Kojima, ‘I am very honoured, and would like to take this moment to reflect on the many predecessors that came before me, as I deeply respect their contributions to entertainment, whether in movies, television, or games.

‘I would also like to thank those who have supported me over the years and I will continue my commitment to creating new and innovative ways that will push the world of ‘play’ entertainment forward.’

Previous gaming icons to have received a Fellowship include Nintendo’s own Shigeru Miyamoto (who created Mario and The Legend Of Zelda) and Sims creator Will Wright.

‘I am delighted that we are recognising Hideo Kojima’s remarkable career with a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade presented by the Academy, at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 2 April,’ said Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA.

‘Kojima is the trailblazing creator behind multiple games and is revered around the world for his innovative work.’

During his early days, Kojima worked as a designer and writer on narrative titles Snatcher and Policenauts which, even then, were well regarded for their cinematic presentation (Snatcher will be part of the PC Engine Mini).

It’s likely that the award has come now because of Death Stranding’s more mainstream success, where it won numerous awards and even had a special showcase organised by BAFTA for its release.

Death Stranding is available on PlayStation 4 and is planned to release on PC later this year.

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