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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Dated for 2013

Konami has dated the Metal Gear spin-off Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for a February 19, 2013 release in North America. The game was originally unveiled at Microsoft’s press conference during E3 2009, but was cancelled by Kojima Productions in late 2010. It resurfaced under a new developer, Platinum Games out of Japan, in 2011.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance diverges from the usual stealth route of the Metal Gear franchise in favor of a more action-oriented experience. Snake has been replaced as the main character by Raiden of Metal Gear Solid 2 fame. Raiden was transformed into a cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4 and will use his katana blade in Revengeance.

The story takes place shortly after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4. In the near future, as a company press release describes the game, “cyborg technology has become commonplace throughout society. Three years have passed since the collapse of the Patriots system that had been secretly controlling the global power balance from the shadows. However, peace remains elusive.