Shinji Mikami Receiving Spanish Academy Honor Award at Gamelab Barcelona 2015

The Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Science has confirmed that Japanese developer Shinji Mikami will be the recipient of the Spanish Academy Honor Award at this year’s Gamelab Barcelona.

Gamelab Barcelona is running from June 24 to June 25 at the Barceló Hotel Sants, with Mikami being the latest industry veteran to receive the Honor Award for his role in pushing “the gaming industry artistically, as well as industrially and economically.”

The Honorary Award, which was established in 2011, has been presented to several high-profile figures in the gaming industry, including Sony’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, The Sims designer Will Wright and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima.

Mikami, who is often dubbed as “the father of survival horror,” started his career at publisher Capcom in 1990 and was at the helm of the highly regarded Dino Crisis and two critically acclaimed titles in the Resident Evil franchise: Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4.

After his departure from Capcom in 2004, Mikami embarked on other projects with Clover Studio and Platinum Games, but he later formed his own studio in 2010, Tango Gameworks, and returned to the survival horror genre with his most recent title, The Evil Within.

Read more on The Evil Within in Hardcore Gamer’s review.