The man behind what is arguably the most prolific videogame RPG series of all time will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by his peers at the 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards next month.

According to the tales, Hironobu Sakaguchi was at a crossroads when he created Final Fantasy at Square Company, Ltd.: if the game did not sell well, he would leave the game development industry. His departure, of course, did not happen, but it's hard to imagine Sakaguchi could have predicted the multitude of sequels and spin-offs that would erupt from his "last chance" at the time, or that the series would sell more than 110 million copies.

Sakaguchi served as the director of Final Fantasy's sequels up until the fifth installment, after which he would serve as a producer and executive producer for the series. He was also part of the three-member "Dream Team" that designed the hit Chrono Trigger (you can even see his caricature in the Developers' Ending). In 2004, Sakaguchi left what was now SquareEnix to found Mistwalker, the development studio behind more games including The Last Story.

The Game Developers Choice Awards will be held 4th March during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The ceremony will be viewable live on Twitch and GameSpot.com. Those interested can visit the official rewards site for more information.

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[via gdconf.com]