Think Services has announced that Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki will be the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards.
Suzuki, who’s also created OutRun and Virtua Fighter, will also give a rare one-off development session at GDC next month in a session featuring Cerny Games’ Mark Cerrny in a talk called “Yu Suzuki’s Gameworks: A Career Retrospective” on March 2.
“By creating classic titles from Out Run through Virtua Fighter and Shenmue, Yu Suzuki has truly created some of video games’ iconic game design, and was a key favorite from our Advisory Committee to be awarded this year, during the 25th holding of GDC,” said GDC director Meggan Scavio.
ThinkServices also announced the Ambassador Award will go to two recipients: Tim Brengle and Ian MacKenzie, managers of the Conference Associates program at GDC.
It follows an announcement in January that Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux is to receive the Lifetime Achievement award.
The Game Developers Choice Awards takes place on March 2.