Hideo Kojima has received an Award of Fine Arts from Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. The success of his latest title, Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, contributed to the award. Kojima Productions made the announcement via a press release, which is available in English.
The announcement page on Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs website confirmed Hideo Kojima’s award in the Media Arts category. It also included a document detailing the reason behind the award. The committee highlighted Death Stranding‘s dynamic interactions created by having the protagonist connect segregated societies as a courier. The members also praised Kojima for his continued approach to demonstrate methods that exceed existing theories and can only be enacted in games, beginning with his work on the 1987 Metal Gear game.
Hideo Kojima is the second game creator to receive the annual Japanese Minister’s Award of Fine Arts in the Media Arts category, which launched in 2008 as the most recent addition. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto was the first game-related recipient of the award in 2010.
Death Stranding is available on PlayStation 4 and PC. A Director’s Cut edition of the game has also appeared on PlayStation 5. Kojima Productions and 505 Games will release the PC version of Death Stranding: Director’s Cut on March 30, 2022.