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Shinji Mikami to receive Honour Award at Gamelab 2015

Speakers lineup confirmed for this year's event, including the creators of Pac-Man, Killer7, Gone Home and Prince of Persia.

For the fifth year in a row, the Gamelab conference is taking place on June 24-26 in Barcelona (yeah, that's the week right after E3), and once again the international event focused on game development no matter the size of the team will have interesting panels held by pretty relevant names in both the indie and AAA scene.

Today, Gamereactor can exclusively confirm that Shinji Mikami will receive the Honour Award from the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, thus following in the footsteps of Shuhei Yoshida, Will Wright, Kazunori Yamauchi, and Hideo Kojima. The Academy will highlight Mikami's career as "the father of survival horror" and his ground-breaking contribution to the industry with creative works such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, God Hand, Vanquish or the more recent The Evil Within, the first game from his new studio Tango Gameworks.

Mikami will be joined in Barcelona by his long-time friend Goichi Suda (better known as Suda51), the duo were co-creative directors on a rather unique horror-action adventure called Shadows of the Damned a few years back. Completing the Japanese developers lineup, Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man creator, will join Suda and Mikami and will also receive the annual Legend Award.

The confirmed speakers list so far includes not only big names from Japan, but also young and veteran western developers who changed the way we play in the last years, and from different fields or departments. Highlights include David Helgason (Unity), Jordan Mechner (creator of Prince of Persia), Steve Gaynor (Gone Home), Rami Ismail (Vlambeer), and Alistair Hope (Alien: Isolation's creative director), among others.

Gamelab 2015 is a month away and once again Gamereactor will offer coverage from the event with videos and interviews with many of these legendary game makers.