Metal Gear Rising Xbox 360 Version Cancelled in Japan
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Raiden Returns, but not Xbox 360 in Japan...
Konami has revealed that the Xbox 360 edition of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has unfortunatly been cancelled in Japan. The PS3 version will still be available upon release. Although they are yet to disclose as to why this has occoured, it comes as no real surprise considering they have annonced both Silent Hill HD and Silent Hill: Downpour as PS3 exclusives.
During the development of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Konami's Yoshitaka Arai stated in 2008 “The worldwide demand for an Xbox 360 version [of MGS4] is quite high...it is something we are currently looking into.” Metal Gear Solid 4 turned out to be the first Playstation 3 game to use a 50GB duel layer Blu-ray disc even with file compression, therefore understandably made a Xbox 360 edition somewhat difficult to produce.
On a statement release on their official website today, Konami expressed their apologies to the Xbox 360 market in Japan, and suitably providing contact information for the persons affected by the cancellation. However it seems the western release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is to go ahead as planned, and will release on both PS3 and Xbox 360 on February 21st. It's also worth noting that the Xbox 360 is the least successful current gen console in Japan, so the cancellation may not come as any great surprise - ironically Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance was originally announced at E3 2009 during the Microsoft press conference and showcased to some depth.
The game follows the story of Metal Gear Solid 2 protagonist Raiden, several years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Raiden now in the employ of a private military corporation is tasked with protecting the world against a series of terrorist attacks orchestrated by Desperado Enterprises. The game itself features Raiden hacking and slashing his way through Desperado's forces, implementing features such as Blade Mode, which gives the player the freedom to fully control Raiden's sword movements.
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