A few days ago, it was revealed that Konami would not be taking the stage at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo; however it confirmed that it will be holding an online only live conference to announce new games and trailers for its upcoming titles. Today, the publisher went live online and revealed new information on its coming titles and future plans. The highlight of the show was the release date reveal for its upcoming title Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance which features the sword wielding cyborg ninja Raiden is now scheduled to arrive on the Xbox 360 in early 2013. In the past few months, Konami has released a series of awkward and weird advertisements for the game that really didn’t make much sense. But today, the publisher finally came forward with news that not only makes sense but also pleases the fans that have been waiting for a proper announcement for a long time.
Originally, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was called Metal Gear Solid: Rising and was supposed to take place before the events that occurred in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. It was decided that the game would tell the story of Raiden and how he became a cyborg ninja, but when Konami handed over the game to Platinum Games, the story and setting have since then changed and now will take place several years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4 in a time where cyborgs have become a lot common.
When Platinum Games came in to develop Metal Gear Solid: Rising, it also changed the entire gameplay formula. Instead of being a stealth action game, it has now become a complete fast paced action game. The change of gameplay also caused Konami to rebrand the game by removing the ‘Solid’ from it, helping it stay away from the more stealth oriented titles of the franchise.
Today, the live conference of Konami that was shown on their website revealed that the game will be coming in early 2013. Additionally, Hideo Kojima, the fabled creator of the Metal Gear Solid series revealed a new gameplay trailer and said a few words about the new in-house game engine Fox. For the complete interview and the new gameplay trailer, check out the videos below.