Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is scheduled for a release on Xbox 360 and PS3 systems in the middle of February and has now become one of the most anticipated games of Q1 2013. After initial criticism, it looks like fans are well and truly behind Raiden’s new hack and slash adventure, but if Hideo Kojima had his way with the game, we could have seen a Metal Gear Rising title which featured Gray Fox instead.
For those of you who don’t remember, Gray Fox was the ninja from the Metal Gear Solid series and one of the defining characters of Metal Gear Solid on the PS1. Metal Gear Rising has now been developed by Platinum Games of course, who were in charge of the likes of Bayonetta, with Hideo Kojima only serving as the game’s executive producer.
However, in a recent interview with IGN, he has revealed that if the project went ahead under his full guidance, it would feature the legendary Gray Fox instead – a move which fans may have actually preferred given the cyborg ninja’s popularity from the original MGS games. That would have taken a lot more personal time to write a script Kojima said though, and added that passing the torch to the younger generation of developers was a lot more important than personal preference over the main character.
Raiden is the hero that you’ll play with though and early impressions of the new look game seem very positive indeed. Don’t forget that a demo is releasing on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store this week, so you’ll be able to try the game and decide for yourself whether this spin-off Metal Gear title is worth your cash or not.
What are your thoughts on Kojima’s idea to have Gray Fox as a main character instead of Raiden? Would you like to see this explored further in the future?