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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance directed by Kenji Saito, will be playable at E3

This week's Famitsu brings some exciting news for those looking forward to the unfortunately-named Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. According to Kojima, who reaffirmed that he has absolutely nothing to do with the game, Platinum's Revengeance will be playable at this year's E3, giving the press their first hands-on time with the game since it was officially re-announced in December.

Above: The re-release trailer from the 2011 VGAs

Bigger news, however, comes with the game's director, which had not been revealed until now. Though speculation had been about placing different Platinum team members in the role, it was confirmed that Platinum Games' Kenji Saito, who served as the main programmer on Bayonetta, will be sitting in the director's chair. Saito has been working with other developers at Platinum games for some time, with relations dating back to work on Viewtiful Joe, making him a good choice to head up Platinum's Metal Gear game.

In the Famitsu interview, Kojima also explained that the main issues with the development came with the studio's lack of experience with blending action and stealth together. Progress continued in terms of story and art, but they had hit a road block when it came to design, and it wasn't until Platinum stepped in that it actually started coming together into what we have now: a game that looks like Vanquish mixed with Bayonetta starring the cyborg-ninja from Metal Gear Solid.

7 comments

  • Red - January 18, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    I have a feeling this game is going to be amazing.
  • BladedFalcon - January 18, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Kenji Saito, he has a pretty kickass name if you ask me. That he has also taken part in purely awesome games doesn't hurt either. It's a wee bit disappointing that Kojima won't be even overseeing the story, (The one thing Platinum kinda sucks at.) but this looks right on track to be a blissfully fun game. That, and i really hope that having the MG brand on it will help it sell, it's about bloody damn time platinum had a break.
  • jackthemenace - January 18, 2012 2 p.m.

    That is strange, everything I'd read up till now said that he WAS overseeing the story, and now this :/ Ah well, it's not like the last few Metal gear stories were as simple as Bayonetta's :P So yeah, what everyone else has said, Bayonetta's the best game ever and now this will be too :D
  • buttfaceninja - January 18, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    As a huge fan of the Metal Gear franchise I couldn't be more excited about this. Platinum games makes some of the best action games of this generation, and this looks just as stylish and over the top as it should be.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 18, 2012 noon

    Never got to play Viewtiful Joe. So sad they ran it into the ground so hard.
  • Darkhawk - January 18, 2012 noon

    DUDE THE BAYONETTA SWORD FIGHTS ARE AMAZING. Looking forward to this.
  • birdro - January 18, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    He had anything at all to do with Viewtiful Joe = Sold. Looking forward to more gameplay, looks more Bayonetta than Metal Gear, but I'm willing to condemn logic for awesome.

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