Hironobu Sakaguchi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC 2015

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy franchise and founder and president of Mistwalker, will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards 2015. The awards show will take place March 4 at 6:30pm during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Hironobu Sakaguchi is best known for creating the Final Fantasy franchise, which ultimately saved Square Soft from bankruptcy. Final Fantasy has since gone on to spawn numerous sequels and spin-offs, though Final Fantasy X-2 was the last Final Fantasy game Sakaguchi worked on. After leaving Square Enix, Sakaguchi founded Mistwalker, where he and his team created Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, The Last Story, and Terra Battle.

“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,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events. “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.”

The Game Developers Choice Awards 2015 will be streamed online for all those unable to attend. Anyone with a GDC pass can attend the awards show in person.