The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the next inductee for its Hall of Fame: Bethesda Game Studios executive producer and game director Todd Howard.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Howard during the 20th DICE Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Mandalay Convention Center in Las Vegas by his long-time colleague, Pete Hines, vice president of public relations and marketing at Bethesda Softworks.
“Todd’s impact on his studio, our company, and the gaming industry as a whole has been truly remarkable,” Bethesda VP Pete Hines said. “When you look at the very best game developers of all time—the 21 members of the AIAS Hall of Fame—I think Todd deserves to have his name right alongside of them as the best of the best.”
Howard has been with Bethesda since the early ’90s, beginning as a producer and designer on The Terminator: Future Shock. From there, he did design work on Daggerfall and Skynet in 1996, and then ascended to project leader on The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard in 1998, and Morrowind in 2002. Every major Bethesda RPG since then (which is to say, all of them) bears his name as either executive producer or game director.
Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Hideo Kojima, who was awarded with the honor last year, as well as Dam and Sam Houser, Gabe Newell, and john Carmack.