Console gamers, and more specifically PlayStation gamers, know the Metal Gear Solid franchise as some of the best stealth-action games around. While Metal Gear Solid 5 may be a little ways away, we have been waiting on another title, Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Instead of starring Solid Snake (or a relative), Rising would instead feature Raiden in his cybernetic ninja form from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Rising was originally announced by Kojima Productions as an action game set between the events of MGS2 and MGS4. It would show how Raiden went from his human self in MGS2 to the cyborg in MGS4, albeit a crueler version than seen in Guns of the Patriots.
However, at the VGAs on Saturday, all of that changed as Metal Gear Solid: Rising had a new trailer shown that featured a different take on the original idea. The game is now called Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and is being developed by Platinum Games with Kojima Productions producing. Platinum Games is best known for Bayonetta, a game in the same vein as Devil May Cry, and the new Rising reflects that. There is a ton of action in the trailer, more so than shown under the game's old name, and it definitely is no longer about stealth, hence the dropping of the Solid part of the name. MGRR still looks good, but it will probably not cater to those who love the MGS games for their stealth. The new Rising also takes place after the events of MGS4, which should enable Platinum Games to show off what it can bring to the series.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will launch in 2012 for the PS3 and 360. The trailer is not safe for work due to the excessive violence.