MGS: Rising is now Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, developed by Platinum Games

The Spike TV VGA awards may be a few hours away, but an early leak through NeoGaf has gotten the good times rolling early with a trailer for the next Metal Gear game.

The first bit of news comes with a name change, and, well, it isn't really a good one. Rumors had been going around that "Solid" was going to be dropped from the name in order to better remove it from Snake's Metal Gear Solid adventures, and while that was true, it also comes with a bit of extra baggage. Rising has been kept in the name, but moved before the colon, and replaced with... Revengeance (Quick! Someone write that down for a Top 7... Dumbest names in gaming... article for 2012)! Yes. Revengeance. As in revenge and vengeance, together. Revengeance.

Better news comes from the switch in developer. While Kojima's team still has their hands in it, the actual role of developer has been passed over to Bayonetta and Mad World developer Platinum games. This is a perfect match, and, as the trailer shows, should lead to an even bloodier good time than we ever expected. The gameplay looks fast, brutal, and very, very Platinum. We're totally psyched.

You can check out the trailer below, and be sure to swing back around at 8PM ET for the kick-off of our coverage of the VGAs. We'll be bringing you all the news as soon as it hits, so you don't need to sit through commercials and C-list celebrities making 10-year-old jokes about gamers sitting in their parents' basements. 


  • taterboob - December 12, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Now that Kojima's schedule has been cleared up after handing developing duties over to Platinum, maybe he can get started on ZOE 3 now? Please? Come on, MGS4 concluded literally everything in the universe, so a MGS5 is unnecessary.
  • - December 12, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    Why do so many hate the word revengeance? I like it. There's no way to ever truly know, but I wonder how many people hate it because everyone else says they hate it. And it'll just be another average hack and slash? It'll lack story and the "feel" of the Metal Gear universe? It's incredible how people can know that from glancing AT A TRAILER! One lone trailer! Jeez, for fans of the past games many people seem to go from love to hate awfully fast without reason. Kojima productions had the humility to realize they couldn't make this style of game well enough and, while still being involved in the plot and character, handed it to a developer with a track record for making some of the best games of the last few years of the style they're going for. Seems smart to me. But looking at a trailer and thinking you know the entire game and it's quality...that's idiotic.
  • taterboob - December 12, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but Revengeance as a title is indefensible. It's reduntant as all hell, as "revenge" and "vengeance" basically mean the same thing. It almost sounds like a word Stephen Colbert would invent, like "Lincolnish" or "Filliam H. Muffman". Not to mention it just sounds engrish-y. It is something a non native english speaker thought sounded extreme and awesome, but comes off as goofy to anyone with an understanding of the language. The whole point of a trailer (a gameplay trailer, at that) is to give the viewer an impression of what the experience of playing the game is going to be like. They're trying to sell you on the game, and the trailer is basically saying "here's what we've got in store for you if you buy this game". People forming an opinion based on a trailer is not "idiotic". I personally don't have a 100% positive impression of the newest trailer because it shows a shift in tone from the older ones. This game originally looked like a unique experience that you couldn't get anywhere else. Now, judging from the newest bits of gameplay we've been shown, it looks like yet another entry in the Devil May Cry/Bayonetta/God of War style of games, albeit with Metal Gear window dressing. I don't mind the "extreme" take on the Metal Gear universe. Heck, I welcome it, and I'm sure that I'll enjoy the game when it comes out. That said, I'm sure I'll have the nagging question of "how would it have been if they'd stuck with the original concept" in the back of my head the whole time, much like I did with Resident Evil 4.
  • DrRock - December 12, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    This looks gheyer than two dudes having buttsex to the Lasertime intro. Count me out on this one.
  • StonedMagician99 - December 12, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    The good: Being developed by Platinum The very, very bad: The stupid, stupid title. If I ever hear anyone referring to this game as "Metal Gear Revengeance", I'm punching at least one of their teeth out. What was wrong with "Metal Gear: Rising"? I mean, I know it's Platinum, and they always have to put in ridiculousness, but still... I'm still pumped for the game, though.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - December 12, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Ugh. I like Platinum Games, but I really miss the cutting mechanics they had from the older version. I really was excited to see a game where I could actually kill guys with one stroke for once, and cut through huge swaths of enemies like butter. Now they're doing the same old shit where it feels like you're whacking them with a stick a bunch, and it just feels like your standard brawler. Seriously, watch this last trailer starting at 1:40 and tell me that that gameplay doesn't look a hell of a lot fresher:
  • BladedFalcon - December 12, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Y'know, i had that same though as well after watching this new trailer. And it's true: the vision of the first trailer is far more innovative and bold, and really, if they could have pushed that concept forward it would have made for a very fascinating game. Thing is... I'm willing to bet they hit a roadblock while going down that route. I mean... Think about it for a sec, you give the players a tool with which they can cut any and every enemy in one single slice, and also pillars are other structures. From a programming standpoint, it could be a nightmare to set all the rules for it to work like it's meant to without copping out and putting enemies and structures you couldn't cut. That's why I'm guessing they spend almost two years without presenting any new info, and along they way they probably went "Fuck it, this won't work" And either were gonna put the project on indefinite hold or outright discard it, until they decided to just hand it over to another capable developer and turn it into something else. Bottom line: It's a shame they didn't follow on the original premise of the first trailer. But on the plus side, at least we're getting a more than likely very solid, (if not outright great, considering plat's record.) albeit more traditional action game instead. If the options were either that or cancel the game altogether, i prefer getting at least this.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - December 12, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    I think this also comes down to games being announced and trying to show off before they're ready. Frankly, I now have little to no interest in the game. The mechanics they showed were the only things that really excited me about the game. While I've enjoyed the MGS series, I think Raiden's always been a garbage character. MGS4 didn't ACTUALLY make him any better. Putting your shitty character in a badass cutscene does not automatically make him a good character. "Badass" characters are not difficult to make and it's a lazy way to make them seem more interesting than they are. Raiden's one of the worse cases of this and Platinum Games have never really been able to create anything more complex than that. So what we're left with looks to be yet another over-the-top style-over-substance action game, this time set in a world that I once loved but which has even prior to this become so convoluted and bloated that I can't honestly consider it truly "good". Frankly, I wish it was canceled, and that all parties involved were working on something newer and more innovative.
  • BladedFalcon - December 12, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Well it turns out it was canceled, and Platinum saved it. But really, what do you have against it coming out like this? Sure, might not be innovative, but if it's well polished, and most of all FUN, isn't that what matters?
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - December 13, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    Well I'm not going to be dishonest and act as though I come from a perspective that's not jaded. I've played games my whole life, and have gotten to the point where I'm not very interested in playing games that feel like retreads of what's already been done. What this game was before looked fresh and new and like a game that was going to use modern technology to create gameplay that wasn't possible before. Now it looks like yet another "Fast-paced over-the-top" action game that, were it not for a few bells and whistles, looks like it could probably have been achieved on a last-gen system. After playing all the DMC game and Ninja Gaiden games, I had a hard time caring about Bayonetta, even if it was better. It just wasn't enough, and I'm just afraid this will fall into the same category. I know that a lot of people will still be able to enjoy this, I just don't think I'll really be one of them.
  • BladedFalcon - December 13, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    well, that's more than fair enough. i can egt where you coem from, certainly. As I've noticed myself getting grow jaded of certain genres, like shooters or the Zelda games. But well, action games are pretty much my favorite genre since well... always. I love the 2D sidecrollers, and i love games like DMC, God of War, and i loved bayonetta. I mean, sure, they might not be innovative, but to me, they are still pretty damn fun, and that's what platinum delivers in spades for me: Fun.
  • BurntToShreds - December 12, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    It looks good. I want to take a break form the stealth and go slash-happy for a while.
  • spoony_bard - December 12, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    Well, my days of taking Kojima seriously are certainly coming to a middle.
  • KidKatana - December 12, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Oh for f*ck's sake, there are still so many games from 2011 that I haven't played yet, but this looks absolutely amazing. So not only am I gonna have to buy this, but it's making me want to play through Bayonetta again...
  • Metal gear guy - December 12, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    I dont want a fucking Plantinum game, i want metal gear, this is some ol bullshit
  • theinvinciblemick - December 11, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Revengeance is just fucking stupid, I'm fine with just "Metal Gear Rising"
  • Hairyape94 - December 11, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    I love Metal Gear games. Notice how I use the name Metal Gear instead of Metal Gear Solid. This game however, looks nothing like a Metal Gear game other than slapping the name on it and throwing in some bi-pedal nuclear launch capable tanks. It looks absolutely terrible. Metal Gear games aren't about hacking and slashing your way through a level, they're about sneaking and thinking to get past your opponents without conflict. That's why I like the game so much, you have to think before acting. Yes I realize that it's a spin-off, but seeing your favorite series allowing a spin-off like this to happen sucks. All that being said, because of my intense love for the Metal Gear name, I'll still be buying it when it comes out.
  • TricksterJ - December 11, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Raiden is amazing in 4 and this looks like a mint continuation. The name is shit, but the game looks mint! Can not wait for this!
  • taterboob - December 12, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    Watched Super 8 I see.
  • R-ape - December 11, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    As soon as I saw Platinum games mentioned, I figured GR would run it up with an Okami reference. Thanks for not being so predictable. Anyway, about the trailer, Raiden sure sounds a lot more sadistic than usual. You know. 'Cause he was a puss in MGS3.

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