Where Does The Title “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” Come From?

By Kris . September 1, 2012 . 1:39pm

Prior to taking on its current form, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was titled Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and was in development at Kojima Productions. Unfortunately, Kojima Productions’ development team failed to deliver the desired level of quality, and series creator, Hideo Kojima had to look outside his studio for help. Eventually, he turned to Platinum Games.


At Platinum, the project was rebooted and re-titled Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and at his Penny Arcade Expo talk today, Kojima revealed where the “Revengeance” part of the game’s title comes from.


“Revengeance” comes from Kojima Productions’ desire to get revenge or vengeance on the original failed Metal Gear Solid: Rising project, Kojima shared. The “Re” part of the title represents a “rebirth” of sorts for the project—a second chance. “Rising” on the other hand represents samurai and Raiden’s rise to power.


Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be released on February 19th, 2013 in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • Mark Fate

    Finally a reliable release date!

    I think it says something about Kojima that although this project started that he had little input on, he could tell it was heading for failure and looked to a mostly-independant team to start it again, doubtless throwing away millions in research and initial development costs.

    • I honestly think Kojima did the best thing. I’m really happy Platinum
      Games was there at the time to take reins of the game. They could’ve
      refused and work on something else. But they didn’t. So props to them
      and I’m sure it’ll turn out great.

  • Zexill

    This game is going to rock my socks. 

  • SirRichard

    Sounds like the usual Kojima logic at work, alright. Seriously can’t wait for it, it’s been a while since I’ve had some Platinum insanity in my life.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    “Revengeance” comes from Kojima Productions’ desire to get revenge or vengeance on the original failed Metal Gear Solid: Rising project, Kojima shared.I guess the Kojima staff is afraid of their superior Hideo XD

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i can’t wait for this game

  • Whoa, seriously? I just thought it sounded cool…

  • Bakuryukun

    I use the word Revengeance in regular conversation all the time now, since this game was announced. 

    • Fitzkrieg

       I’ve been using it for years now. I burst out laughing when I saw the revised title for MGR.

  • Bentan

    kojima invents whatever word he pleases. like a Boss!

  • isfuturebright

    I think would sound alot better if it was just Metal Gear Rising… 

  • Mazdian

    I certainly prefer the old name, but it’s nice that Kojima got Platinum involved.

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