The two franchises that Hideo Kojima is famous for are Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders. After the recent stellar Metal Gear Solid HD collection, Konami is all set to release the Zone of the Enders HD collection. According to Gameranx, Konami is also planning to include a playable demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

This would be a big repeat of history for the company, as back during the PlayStation 2 era, Konami had included a playable demo of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty with Zone of the Enders. This was mostly what helped sell Zone of the Enders. This is also similar to what Electronic Arts plans to do with Medal of Honor: Warfighter and the beta for Battlefield 4.

Play as a mech in one game; murder mechs in the demo of another game!

Play as a mech in one game; murder mechs in the demo of another game

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance got a trailer last month during Gamescom. The trailer shows off some of the over-the-top action sequences that will be in the game, such as hopping on missiles that have been shot at you to get to a helicopter so you can destroy it with your sword. The trailer also mentions some of Raiden’s back story and makes references to him being a child soldier and the events of Metal Gear Solid 2, where he had been mind controlled.

The game is set in the near future, where 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. The dissemination of cybernetic technology has triggered instability and conflict as those who control the trade gain increasing power. Furthermore, large ‘Private Military Companies’, or PMCs that had been supported and controlled by the Patriots have collapsed, spawning countless rogue entities with origins to larger criminal organisations. These renegade PMCs employing cyborg technology have become increasingly more disruptive, shifting policy and power at will. As a member of the peace-keeping PMC ‘Maverick Security’, Raiden lives by the mantra of protecting and saving lives. But as the world plunges further into asymmetric warfare, the only path that leads him forward is rooted in resolving his past and carving through anything that stands in his way.

The game marks a big change in the Metal Gear franchise. Instead of the stealth gameplay and badass protagonist the series is famous for, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance goes for more of a spectacle action game with big flashy combos and intense fights, much like games like Devil May Cry, God of War and Platinum’s previous game, Bayonetta. As for the protagonist, the game is forgoing anyone named Snake and instead, is choosing to go with Raiden.

The Zone of the Enders HD collection is set to be released late October, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is set to be released in February 2013.

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