This month is the D.I.C.E. Summit, an annual Academy Of Arts And Science-sponsored gathering of key video game industry leaders who get together each year to discuss business and design in the tech entertainment world. Since 2007 this meeting of influential game design minds has featured a keynote speaker, and this year, industry veteran and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, and celebrated director Guillermo Del Toro will be among them.
The news was announced today via press release on BusinessWire, which also revealed that the two will be hosting a session entitled “A Conversation with Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro,” where they will discuss their “creative vision and the driving forces behind their artistic pursuits” while under the moderation of games journalist Geoff Keighley. Sadly, “the crushing disappointment of Silent Hills’ cancellation and their epic plans to bring it back” does not seem to be on the topic menu.
Also featured at D.I.C.E. this year is game director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios Todd Howard, who will be hosting a session with comedian and show creator Pete Holmes on “The Art Of Engagement” on the last day of the event. Described as an exploration of open world design, the talk is promised to also discuss the influence of fan demands on video game design, how fan bases serve to extend the life of a video game, legacy game design, and more.
The D.I.C.E. Summit will be held in Las Vegas from February 16-18, 2016. For a full list of speakers check this list.