Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance debuts Feb. 19

Konami action game hits North America first, Europe two days later; demo included with Zone of the Enders HD Collection.

[UPDATE] A Konami press release confirms that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be out February 19, 2013, in North America, with a European release slated for February 21. Original story follows below.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be on store shelves in Europe on February 21, 2013. Konami announced the news today through its Facebook page, adding that information regarding the game's North American release date is forthcoming.

Metal Gear Rising…rises on February 21 in Europe.

Previously, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was slated to arrive sometime in early 2013. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 action game is in development at Platinum Games (Bayonetta, Mad World), and its story has changed places in the Metal Gear timeline.

Originally, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was intended to take place before the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, showing how the character of Raiden made his transformation into the cyborg ninja of the 2007 PlayStation 3 hit. However, when Platinum Games was attached to the project, the time frame was moved to several years after Metal Gear Solid 4, to a time when cyborgs are becoming more commonplace in the world.

While Metal Gear Solid: Rising was originally intended to showcase a mix of stealth and action gameplay, Revengeance drops the stealth aspect to focus exclusively on action. Konami also dropped the "Solid" from the title to distance itself from the particular brand of stealth action people associate with the Metal Gear Solid series.

Gamers won't need to wait until February 2013 to play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, as a demo for the project is bundled with copies of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which is due out sometime later this year.

For more on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Dont believe the're evil lies people! Lies I say!

 

They have angered the gods of the metal gearz!! Behold Kojima's mighty wrath will smite them into ruin apon teh mountain side!!  :p

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Blade Mode?? What genius decided to call it that? A ten year old?

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Keep your lame-afied non Kojima metal gearz.

 

Curse you to the depths of the gamers abyss foul untalented devs for ruining teh metal gearz!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I am tempted to buy HD Zone of the Enders in order to try the demo. Feb 2013 at least it is a good way to begin the year.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

I don't care if it'S stealth or not. Unlike DMC it keeps Metal Gear vibe and I gonna dig in as soon as it comes. 

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

i cant wait for this game. I really hope its good.

mtait01
mtait01

I have never played Zone of the Enders... is it worth buying the HD collection? I guess this will be a nice bonus if so

GhansB
GhansB

well I think I'm gonna like the gameplay aspects of the game. The story and stuff that is usually defined by Hideo on the other hand... I don't know how much he is involved... I hope I'm not gonna miss him while playing this.

shantd
shantd

The reason most of us enjoy Metal Gear is because it's a super-high quality series, period. I don't typically care for stealth gameplay myself, but I LOVED MGS4 regardless because everything about it oozes triple-A quality...stealth or no stealth. As long as they maintain that same level of quality, I have no problem with Revengeance going the all-action route. This is Raiden afterall. If I'm Raiden, I want to be slicing sh!t up, not sneaking around. Now, if this was MGS5 and there was no stealth, I agree that would just be wrong. But this is a spinoff folks. You get to be a bad ass cyborg ninja, slicing up an army of victims. Are you really gonna complain?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Hilarious MG Demo included with the ZOE collection. That's funny because Zone of the Enders came with the MGS2 demo back in the day.

 

Still, ZOE2 was an amazing game, so the collection will be quite worth it alone. If I had to predict, I think ZOE vs. ZOE2 vs. MG Rising...ZOE2 will be the best game of that set, just a guess. I will enjoy all three though. :P

vgsak2005
vgsak2005

Revengence? Good gawd. I'm totally transfarring out of here.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

GameSpot is the only site that said anything about a PC version "O.o".. all other sites said nothing about a PC version.. GameSpot needs 2get it right... by the way i never heard anyone from Konami or PlatinumGames say it was going 2b on PC just PS3 and Xbox that's all they said..

Lyon1433
Lyon1433

No PC release?? It´s a shameee, I was so looking foward to this game!

Warhawk613
Warhawk613

February is shaping up to be Christmas of 2012 part 2.  So many great games is coming out on that month alone.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

There is so many things that have caught my attention while playing Metal Gear games... these are things that give away what to expect on the next Metal Gear games... for example MGS4 i heard so many people saying that was going 2b the last MGS game.. "O.o".. but i'm being 100% real when i say this i already knew that MGS4 wasn't the last game because there's things that caught my attention while playing it that petty much gave it away.. just play MGS4 again and pay attention you will see it for yourself.. just keep an eye on Naomi... and believe me when i say this that bitc* isn't dead. lol and she's the reason why snake is going 2b still alive.. just not so sure if snake will stay alive because i do think snakes time is about done. 

 

just remember who said this first.......  ME THAT"S WHO  

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

OMG....A DATE!

 

LOL, nah j/k but seriously it is good to finally get an actual release date; let's you know how close a game is to completion.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

this game is going 2b awesome!!.. spin-off or not this is a Metal Gear game. you can hate it or love it.. but this is a game that all real metal gear fans will love.. 

 

I CAN"T WAIT!!!!!!!

fester420
fester420

This is one of those games that could either be great or god awful.  Will wait to see the reviews before making a decision.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

good news for Europe but what about the U.S.? Im not sure but i have a feeling this game is going to be the weakest link in the metal gear series

ryanchetty92
ryanchetty92

No mention of PC in the article...is the info on the left correct with regards to PC version?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

This game makes me barf, pains me to see this as Metal gear solid series is one of my favorite series of all time. MGS 4 was so beautiful it literally made me cry towards the end.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Still one of the worst names for any game ever.

HiroArka
HiroArka

 @mtait01 Zone of the Enders is really cool actually. A bit different from most Mech games out there.

 

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

 @GhansB story is written by Kojima's stuff not by platinum games. 

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

 @shantd yeah, unfortunately however it's visible that the graphics have been watered down, i really hope it will still have the long anime style cutscenes at least :(

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

and dammit i wanted 2say something about that along time ago. i just didn't want 2 look stupi* if it did go on PC.. LMAO but yeah GameSpot was the only site that said something about a PC version. i've been on alot of sites and read alot of articles once again they said nothing about a PC version..

Fenixx
Fenixx

 @ImBack558855

 Metal Gear fans have always played the games because it was like a cinematic stealth experience.  Made you feel like you were part of a movie or something.  I'm sure they will still try to have a cinematic feel to it but they've completely removed the stealth element and have turned it into just an action game, which is not what the Metal Gear games have primarily been focused on.

 

Snake was also another big factor for why people played the games.  He's one of the greatest characters created in gaming.  If they released a holiday album of "Snake sings christmas songs", I'm sure people would buy it.  I know a lot of people made a big stink when they made you play as Raiden in MGS2.  Personally I didn't mind it, but that could be something that turns people away from this game.

 

Moral of the story: Don't say "but this is a game that all real metal gear fans will love" because this game is taking a big leap away from the Metal Gear series and trying to become it's own thing.  Basically it only has the same characters, other then that it's a different game.

koospetoors
koospetoors

 @Gamer_4_Fun At least MGS5 is still en route.

 

I wish it worked the same way with Devil May Cry, hehe.

Razer361
Razer361

 @Gamer_4_Fun Why do people keep thinking this is Metal Gear Solid?!?!? IT'S NOT!!!! It's just a spin-off! There is going to be a Metal Gear Solid 5, no need to worry about that, but this is just a spin-off! It's their game, it seems to me if they wanted to take it a different direction it's their right, it's not like it's going to make the previous games any less awesome. I didn't particularly like this idea either, but i'm not mad at them, and truth be told, i'll probably play it, too. And like it. And i'm sure some of you haters out there will, too. (Sorry, Gamer_4_Fun this wasn't directly pointed at you, I just wanted to get my point across:))

servb0ts
servb0ts

 @tom_cat_01

 I disagree, Playstation All-Star Battle Royale takes the 1st place trophy for worst game name ever.

Razer361
Razer361

 @tom_cat_01 I thought Metal Gear Solid was kinda sketchy. But it grows on you. This one, however, not so sure about.

Gusz2
Gusz2

 @Derpalon certanly it's, i couldn't play all game when i had PS2, now it's a perfect chance!!

IAMTYLERDURDEN
IAMTYLERDURDEN

 @ImBack558855 Gamespot isn't the only one to list a pc version. Most major sites still do because the game was first announced for the 360, PS3, and pc and to this day, the pc version hasn't been officially cancelled.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

 @Fenixx all that tipping you did wasn't necessary .. i know why fans play metal gear and why we all love it so much.. and i also know this game is a spin-off so yeah i know it's going 2b different from metal gear solid.. BUT the name of this game is metal gear nun the less.. so i just don't understand why anyone who calls themselves a real fan of metal gear would excuse the fact that this is a metal gear game.. get over it snake is old and getting older and he will eventually die off.. then what will become of metal gear after that has happened ?? my guess is Raiden will b the new head honcho.. whether you or anyone else likes it or not. Raiden is going 2b the main character after snake is gown.. metal gear will b around for another 25 years. whatever Mr. Kojima decides to do after this is all dune and  out in the open i'm sure us real die-hard fans will love it. whether the name of the game has solid at the end of it or not. 

 

just accept the fact that this isn't the end of Raiden and this is just the beginning of a new saga..  (Metal Gear Rizing) 

JJB03
JJB03

 @Razer361 you must admit though, the previous plot they originally planned to have before platinum got involved sounds way more interesting and worth while to a metal gear fan, although i guess it will just pick up new ones now its distanced it self from the original metal gears which i guess is not that bad. I can't help feeling slight hatred for Platinum for dropping the origins plot that would have been so good to explore but the hatred that this game has conjured up is similar to that of DMC and it is all rather immature.  

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

 @Fenixx please excuse any miss spelled words... but then again this is a gamer site and not a classroom... lol

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

 @JJB03 We don't know nothing of original plot aside from scraps. And honestly this hypes me far more, because original is pretty irrelevant, since MGS4 already covered Raiden's fate up to this point. MGS team is still writing, while Platinum makes only gameplay. Characters aren't changed so I don't have anything to complain about, unlike dmc. 

Razer361
Razer361

 @monster637 Allegedly, MGS5's story is going to be about the Boss. The story of how Raiden became a Cyborg will be in Metal Gear Rising: Inception

monster637
monster637

 @Razer361 They probably decided when they gave it to platinum that they will save it for there mgs5 as part of the story and since plats the king of hack and slash , dmc, bayonetta ,keep it for them selves and let platinum tell there own tale as long as its fits into the world and approved

Razer361
Razer361

 @JJB03 Yeah I definitely agree with you there, but remember that that story hasn't been abandoned, and will show up sometime in the future.