Metal Gear Solid: Rising devs talk Zan-Datsu

Producer and director outline major design concepts for Raiden's solo adventure; says stealth action will be more akin to hunting.

While one of the hottest trailers released at this year's E3 2010 was the dismemberment-heavy Metal Gear Solid: Rising, there was unfortunately little else to do with Konami's upcoming entry into the MGS universe. Publisher Konami tried to rectify that lack of information a little bit at its press conference today, however, with the game's producer Shigenobu Matsuyama and director Mineshi Kimura coming out to shed a little more light on their project.

Matsuyama began with addressing one of the scenes from the recently released trailer--the section at the beginning where Raiden slices up a mech before grabbing its spine and crushing it. Matsuyama explained that it was actually a stomach battery that Raiden extracted and that he used it to extract energy from the robot. Apparently, you'll be able to use fallen cyborgs or mechs for a few purposes in Rising, including restoring life, energy, and ammunition or even scavenging parts. Matsuyama said Rising would make players strategize about what items they take from their enemies.

Kimura then took over, saying that the game's tech team had long had the goal of creating a gameplay system where you could cut anything at any angle you wanted. Kimura also mentioned that you won't need to kill your enemies in Rising--if you'd prefer to incapacitate them by lopping off a limb or two, then you'll be able to do just that. Kimura says the team is still working on how all this slicing action will be controlled, but he promised that players would have fun "just cutting."

As for the stealth action the series is best known for, Kimura said Rising would still have those elements, but they will be different from previous MGS games. Rising's stealth will be speedier, Kimura says, to better reflect its main character. It would also take more advantage of height, making the stealth more akin to hunting. "So you don't have to worry about back problems like the old hero we had," Kimura quipped.

Matsuyama took over again and explained that Rising's storyline would take place in between the events of MGS2 and MGS4 and would explore how the Raiden of MGS2 transforms into the Raiden of MGS4. Lastly, Matsuyama said one of his main goals was to "express the power of having a sword" within the game and to raise the popularity of the ninja Raiden even more.

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87 comments
DanceSailor
DanceSailor

Raiden is going to be a beast in MGS Rising. MGS4, he did some sweet fighting move's. Raiden was bada** in MGS2. Just think of how cool he will be in MGS Rising. But i dont think MGS should go to X-Box 360. It's more of a SONY game.

Oracleas
Oracleas

Solid's old, it's about time they came up with someone new. of course Raiden was a jackass in MGS2, but they wanted to portray that he changed, he really changed lol...

Carnybarny
Carnybarny

"if you'd prefer to incapacitate them by lopping off a limb or two, then you'll be able to do just that." Very nice! I first thought every limb going off would kill. Rising will be sweet.

assasin887
assasin887

i dont really play the mgs series cuz im an xbox guy, but i think this has some sick potential for an awesome game. just hope the cutting isnt going to be THAT easy when it cums out, unless people can cut u up 2. it wud b nice to take a mans head off with a spray of a machinegun, 2. one can only dream...

brian_13un
brian_13un

This is game is revolutionary to the series..... And with Raiden of course. and because this lightning bolt action refers to Raiden and the tactical espionage action is with Snake

wrekk8
wrekk8

@mobs not everyone hated raiden. i for one didnt. i felt that mgs2 was solid enough with him as main character, but its because it wasnt solid snake that most people complained. you didnt see anyone complaining that mgs3 wasnt snake, but you will all say that it was snake. technically raiden was snake was about 5 mins lol

daman246
daman246

i prefer riden i kinda like this new change in metal gear solid franchise swords now pretty cool

sehven
sehven

Personally, I still don't much care for Raiden. I mean he's much MUCH better than the whiny little sissy he was in MGS2, and his fight scenes in MGS4 were pretty cool, but he's still kind of meh to me. Still, unless the game gets horrible reviews, I'll probably play it.

MOBS
MOBS

One, I dont give a crap how he rescued Sonny from the patriots. She's a whinny little brat. It'l be worse than newt from Aliens. Two why , after every crybaby nerd on the internet derided the Star Wars prequels, does everybody have to copy GL and do a Prequel? It makes no sense. It's hypocracy. I dont care HOW raiden became a cyborg, he was only cool as a cyborg. So this lame origin story will start him off as WUSS-Raiden everybody hated in MGS2. Great. This game could be really great or it could suck. Signs point to suck.

the_antivirus
the_antivirus

why did sony have to lose metal gear solid to microsoft...

thecraponahat
thecraponahat

meh! i dont think that kojima will even be involved in this project when he said that their will be no solid snake in the X-box conference everybody was ...........

Miranda00
Miranda00

I prefer the true hero (Snake)

DohnutFace
DohnutFace

@cardkoda - well you learn something new every day. well as much as that may be true i wouldn't be supprised if he sneaks in somehow even if it is just raiden remembering stuff. still, this looks pretty fine to me

zskrabs24
zskrabs24

guarantee they address how raiden rescued sonny from the patriots in this one. i'm sooo curious to see how that went down. also how naomi got into working with liquid ocelot and all that. sooo excited to see how it all went down.

zskrabs24
zskrabs24

can't wait until they announce PS Move support for this game. absolutely will own any control scheme they can come up with for the 360. how much easier is it to just slice in real life the direction you want than to rotate the stick or something to aim. STUPID! the PS3 version will be sooo much better. not only does the development team already have a good understanding of it but the possibilities for the controls are teaming with potential.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

I can't wait! They drag these things out soo long and never share that much info. I guess the anticipation and hype make sthe games even better I'm gonna go play MGS4 again.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

'So you don't have to worry about back problems like the old hero we had' ...How dare he!?

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

I'm looking forward to the next MSG 4 sure, I mean they really rocked the last game. It's a sweet treat in the making!

RX-78MajiGundam
RX-78MajiGundam

i dont get why people are saying this is not mgo just because they made the game a bit more graphic. if im not mistaken, raiden was slicing up raptors just like that. even in mgo he was doing the same, only difference was that people kept their limbs. btw limb slicing was in metal gear long before this, anyone remember wat happen to ocelot in shadow moses. please stop hating and wait till the game comes out. as for the sneaking, think mgo. im sure you'll have the choice.

Carpface
Carpface

Judging by the trailer, this game looks like a perfect candidate for MOVE support. And I don't just mean melon-chopping mini-games for the whole family. Here's hoping.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

That trailer was amazing, im really looking forward to MGS: Rising. What they plan to do with the game sounds great, its going to be a very fresh approach to a Metal Gear game. So excited, cant wait!!!

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I really liked the trailer for this game, hopefully they release a demo for this game in the next few months

The_Tabeeb
The_Tabeeb

one word.......... "HUNT"...... god I've been waiting for a good stealth action *ninja* slicing dismemberment *acrobatic* game. Cant freaking wait!!!!!!

noxprexx
noxprexx

This is everything but a metal gear.............Its sad because its supposed to be a tactical spying whatever game and they are going to turn it into a damn fighting game with a guy who looks like a girl. Hideo disappointed me.....

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

what is so funny is that so many people claimed to hate Raiden yet they are now forced to buy a game that is explicitly all about playing with Raiden.

johny300
johny300

the game will be realesed in june just like mgs4 thats what in hoping.

Deepflow2
Deepflow2

Am getting this game and the first thing I'll do is chop some melons O.o

Sharhan96
Sharhan96

it is konami, and when it comes to metal gear, they will be sure that it lives up to its highly recommended predecessor. we probably wont be disappointed

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

i trust them to make an awesome game, even if it is different from previous metal gear games.

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

first baddie I run into will only have a left leg above the knee and a right arm above the elbow.. that is all.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

@ KingofgamersX - but Solid Snake DID have back problems! (in MGS4)

cardkoda
cardkoda

@DohnutFace The whole word SOLID in metal gear stands for when the game went from 2d to 3d. Not really for snake

DohnutFace
DohnutFace

the fact it is still called metal gear *solid*: Rising makes me hopeful snake will be making some form of guest apperance. also any game with a MGS story line will be awesome so bring on the dismemberment

KingofgamersX
KingofgamersX

"So you don't have to worry about back problems like the old hero we had," Kimura said What the F@ck! thats insult to Solid Snake. Kimura you Slicy G@y

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

I actually can't wait... serious, school-girl giddiness... this looks incredible. ZAN DATSU!!!!!!

BigBoss-Clone
BigBoss-Clone

Looks Great, I Love The MGS Series, But I'm sure Fans Like Myself have nothing against diversity in games

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

this looks fantastic, can't wait to see all the little jokes the drop in, like in MGS4...oh and chop people IN HALF.

Jstation3
Jstation3

@ cheokdoc I agree with you that there should be a new storyline and characters. It would keep it more fresh.

cheokdoc
cheokdoc

i dont understand why people are saying its boringly unoriginal. ive never played a game where i can just chop stuff up. should be great. i was hopign for a new storyline and new direction/characters but im not going to complain about anything set within the snake era. i hope there are trophies for defeating the game by only cutting the enemies little toes.

perrro
perrro

I don´t know tripeseed, you´d thing a lot, its only a game.

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

GrayFox00: at the end of mgs 4....Raiden is given no reason to keep fighting when he realises that he has a family. Haha, what?! And people say MGS has a good story? Hmmm...Am I the only one that thinks this game looks like a much more refined version of Afro Samurai?

ozumablank
ozumablank

well I must say 2012 can't come quick enough, but happy now with something to look forward to, looks amazing, Raiden is much more cooler, I guess being dark and twisty is the key to that, looking forward to it :D

ozumablank
ozumablank

well I must say 2012 can't come quick enough, but happy now with something to look forward to, looks amazing, Raiden is much more cooler, I guess being dark and twisty is the key to that, looking forward to it :D

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

I cant wait till they announce how you will be able to control your knife as you know Konami said that they dont actually know yet how the controls will turn out but i cant wait one of the most anticipated games

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

People are already complaining that it's not a stealth action game like the Snake saga. Why does this always happen?

eetz
eetz

raiden is cool jaja