Platinum's Inaba defends Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Kojima "took a gamble" on Bayonetta developer

Atsushi Inaba, the executive director of Platinum Games, has spoken out on Twitter to defend his company's involvement with new title Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

At the VGA awards it was announced that the Bayonetta developer had taken over production of the game from Kojima Productions.

"It seems there are some who wish to imply PlatinumGames was able to achieve what Kojima Productions could not -- interviewers among them," said Inaba.

"This notion is spurious. Clearly, we have not yet produced any results in the world of Metal Gear."

He defended the work of Kojima Productions, and accepted that the change of development team was a risk.

"The gap is immense. Mr. Kojima tossed his chips on our table, believing we could handle the task. In other words, he took a gamble."

As well as a new developer the game's title changed from Metal Gear Rising to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, but Inaba explains that this does not reflect changes to the game, and that the team was excited by both the lead character, Raiden, and the sword play concept.

"I know reaction to the new trailer is mixed. Yet I also believe our love and respect shines through," he continued.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer

"It is my hope that you catch a glimpse of the future in the footage. In order to achieve that evolution, that future, we at PlatinumGames will continue to fight, shedding our own blood, sweat and tears."

Platinum developer Hideki Kamiya also took to Twitter to deny any personal involvement with the project.

" I said 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times that I have nothing to do with Metal Gear Rising."

The game is due for release next year.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 6 years ago
I like the name change from "metal gear Solid rising" to MetalGear Rising. However the name Revengeance sounds retarded. It would have been nice to see metalGear Rising: Redemption. But anyway, the other thing I didnt like is that Raiden is just too bad ass, even more than metal gear solid 4. And it becomes rediculouse in 2 parts of the clip, the fight on the train, were he is running on the walls and the part were he tosses a Metal gear ray, with one hand, as if it was a rag doll in the trash. A metal Gear is supposed to be the most badass boss character in the game. And here he just cuts through them like butter. It is not believable, I CANT feel for this "new raiden" the way I felt for solid snake. I have no doubt this will be a great game. i will purchase it, because it looks cool. But its just not a Metal gear game to me, and as a MetalGear fan, it is a huge dissapointment for the direction of the series. No more sneaking, no more story lines that mix fact with fiction... It was nice to see the awsome fictional story, mixed with historic events like John F. Kennedy, cuban Missle crisis, nuclear weapon development, worlds first HALO jump, cold war and that whole thing about CQC. it was nice to see a character who wasnt invincible that can be shot and killed like a real person if he fucked up in the mission. Snake despite all the technology available to him and fictional story, it was believable. This is not and this isnt even the same Raiden. i do hope the story takes place when raiden was rescuing Sunny from the patriots and we see Meryl Silverburgh who supposdly helped out.
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Andrew Ihegbu / 6 years ago
It does seem rather comical and overblown. Metal Gear was always about conspiracy and I do believe this video is sorely lacking that.

it's like you favorite heroes from a sci-fi intelligent thriller have been drafted into some dumb action movie. It looks like a clunky version of Devil May Cry and lost all of the stealth elements as well as ditching the intelligent brooding voice of Solid Snake telling a deep and rich story and gaining a shed-load of worthless one liners that belong in a cheap (from an intelligence POV) cash cow action flick.

If Hideo really thinks that this is the way MetalGear needs to go, then I feel sorry for the franchise. The only reason I didn't purchase MGS4 was Halo and the cost of owning a PS3 just for one game, but it was definitely a game I would have bought(and the PS3 to play it) as soon as the PS4 came out and price went through the floor.
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Ken Addeh6 years ago
I feel like this will be catering to those gamers interested in MGS universe but never found the action to be Punchy enough in an espionage game.

This is Bayonetta, devil may cry, Vanquish, Asura's Wrath etc etc mixed up and bundled.

I agree with you Rick, Revengeance is a terrible, terrible word. Though a "Redemption" tag would have also been a little bit cringe-worthy.
Why not just use "Metal Gear: Rising". (Even my very minor typography experience tells me the composition of that would have been a little nicer than having 2 R's back to back)
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Well, as someone who was really switched off by MGS4, PlatinumGames' involvement literally makes me about 300% more interested in this than I was when Kojima Productions were developing it. Concerns are, of course, that it lacks any kind of cohesion with the core Metal Gear Solid franchise and it might as well be a new franchise, but I've tremendous faith in Platinum's output so I'll definitely keep a closer eye on this as details filter through.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Also: I agree with previous comments that Revengeance is a stupid subtitle. Just 'Metal Gear Rising' would be fine.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 6 years ago
Wasn't that always the theme of Metal Gear? Solid Snake wins, even though he is the inferior clone and each of his steps is aching, while Raiding is the top of the line supersoldier-crackbaby?

Even in MGS4, Raiden is not exactly a pillar of conveying realism. I'm down with Ninja Gaiden in a Metal Gear suit. I just wish they rechanged the name.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 6 years ago
Ermm.... Im guilty of buying a PS3 just to play Metal Gear Solid 4... :( ... I preordered and made the line at midnight the day of release. I came fresh off metal Gear solid 3, which blew me away... hardcore baby... :/... I had played all metal gear games, prior to launch and I really had to see how it all wrapped up. Honestly for me metal gear ended with MGS4. i even bought the limited edition version of MGS4 and the PS3 bundled with MGS4... i exchanged one copy though, for heavenly sword. I have good memories with both games.

Andyeah... even the title "Metal Gear Rising" alone made sense.

Platinum Games is a very good developer. Both Vanquish and Bayonetta were very good games. I have no doubt this game will be a Very very good game worthy of purchase. I like what i saw.... but... BUT... to me its not a Metal Gear game.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
Oh, good lawd, people. It's a freaking game without Solid Snake that's MORE action-oriented, so call it a side-story if you have to. It's STILL a Metal Gear game because of the characters, setting and thematic elements. Get over it.

Or hell, at LEAST wait until a playable build is out. What stinks is the over-speculation by some editor-types and too many screaming fans about Platinum's capabilities. These folks should KNOW better that Inaba and co. will most likely deliver a great action game that's going to be fun to play and probably have a few cool innovations to boot.
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I think we should reserve our judgement till we try out the finished product.

Sure it has crazy Asura type action scene's in it, but maybe it can be fun. I'm sure alot of folks are wanting a MGS continuation, but this is probably more of a high action ninja game, less stealth, more slice slice slice
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