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.