After much silence, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has emerged from the shadows. Complete with a new name, and with Platinum Games at the reigns, Rising is a different game from the one unveiled at E3 in 2009.
Saturday brought us several new details with its appearance at the VGA’s. Today, we have new details coming straight from the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance official website.
Originally, Rising was set to take place between the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Having the story set in this time line was meant to display the transformation of Rising’s main character Raiden from who he was in MGS2 and what he became in MGS4. We now learn however, that Rising will now take place several years after MGS4. The decision to shift timeline’s was made so that Platinum games had more freedom to show what they can do with the series. Also, as the VGA trailer alluded to, there will be an enhanced focus on “pure, exhilarating action.” We all know that the Metal Gear series is known for its stealth, but look for Platinum to be shaking things up considerably.
There's also new information that the game almost never came to be. According to website Andriasang and its coverage of the Hideraji Podcast, Metal Gear Rising was effectively cancelled until Platinum Games stepped in. Yes, you read that right: cancelled. The podcast details how Kojima Productions had the script, motion capturing, and the “cut anything” concept in place, but didn’t really know where to go from there. Kojima quietly halted the development of the game. That is, until Platinum Games had a look at it. They were very excited with what they saw, so it was decided development would be handed over to Platinum, with Kojima Productions overseeing it.
Below, we have some new blade-wielding and bloody screenshots to share.
The official website also promised new details in an interview to be published tomorrow titled “A Truth Behind RISING”. We’ll be sure to pass along any new tidbits for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is set for a 2012 release.
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