Raiden was originally introduced into the Metal Gear franchise with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty and was received with a mixed reception: some players didn’t like him since he was so different from Solid Snake. Players’ opinions on the characters started changing after he appeared again in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots: Raiden reappeared as the new Cyborg Ninja as a completely different character. One could think the idea of making him the main character in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was due to Hideo Kojima’s wishes but it wasn’t like this.
Speaking with IGN, Hideo Kojima stated that if he had it his way with the game, he would have preferred the original Cyborg Ninja, Grey Fox, to star in the game: it was his team Kojipro who wanted to use Raiden and he accepted the idea. If Kojima wanted to go with his idea, he would have had a more central role in the development of the game’s story but that’s not what he wanted: he wanted to let a younger generation handle the Metal Gear series. With Platinum Games’ involvement, the game shaped up to be really different from what it would have been had Kojima worked on it.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will launch on Ps3 annd Xbox 360 on February 22 worldwide.