Hironobu Sakakguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Game Developers Conference during the Game Developers Choice Awards.
The awards ceremony will take place on March 4th at 6:30pm at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Meggan Scavio, General Manager of GDC Events stated on the nomination:
Over his illustrious and thriving career, Sakaguchi-san has established some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time, and helped cement the RPG genre in Japan and around the world. But the gaming world owes an even greater debt to Sakaguchi-san and team for making a compelling game narrative as important to game development as its graphics and sound. Final Fantasy helped pave the way for game stories that dealt with death, regret and character development in a mature and significant way, and we’re proud to honor Sakaguchi-san as a true leader in the space, and an inspired game developer.
Sakaguchi served as Director of Planning and Development and created Final Fantasy, the incredibly popular JRPG series that has since gone on to spawn 13 sequels, numerous spinoffs, films and TV series. He is the founder and president of Mistwalker.
Honestly, the award is so well deserved and I have nothing but the highest gratitude for GDC for its recognition of Sakaguchi’s numerous achievements for Square Enix and the gaming industry as a whole.