The Concepts Behind Rising


Filed: Community, Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, PlatinumGames

Hey. My name is Kenji Saito, I’m the director for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
243335_474659979244417_480338333_oIt’s been a year and a half now since I started working as Rising’s director. Shaving that “R” in my head when we first assembled our team is a fond memory of mine. If you’re reading this, what I’m going to talk about might not cover a lot of new ground, but I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the game’s concept.


When we were put in charge of Rising, our concepts for the game were something like this:
“Slicing that feels so good you could die.”
“A game with full blown, fast-paced action.”

We needed a few things to make this possible.
First of all, it was essential that we had fast response. As soon as you pressed a button, everything needed to respond with flawless timing: picture, sound, vibrations from the controller. Fortunately, this is one of PlatinumGames’s strengths. As you play Rising, you should feel everything in the game responding perfectly to your inputs.

Let’s go into some of the game’s more important features.

Blade Mode
This is a mode that allows free reign over Raiden’s blade. Players can enjoy simply slicing the enemy up, or carefully severing some extremities with pinpoint accuracy.  If you aim correctly and strike the enemy’s weak point… You’ll pull off a “Zandatsu”, allowing you to steal the enemy’s energy. 


Like I wrote above, I wanted Rising to be a game with full-blown action. My stance was that defending shouldn’t be just blocking. I wanted attacks to be blocked with attacks, and I wanted defense that opens up an opportunity to attack. That’s what it means to “parry” in Metal Gear Rising.

In Rising, if you land a series of normal attacks in a short time, you will temporarily disable your opponent. This allows you to perform Blade Mode in slow motion, so you can quickly take out even the more formidable foes. Keep attacking the enemy and the opportunity to finish them off in style will present itself. This is called an execution.

There are a lot of other techniques that add to the game’s action. “Defensive offense,” for example, is a quick slash at the enemy performed while sidestepping their attack. The list goes on and on… But actually, it is better to play it yourself than to hear me talk about it forever! The downloadable demo will be available early next month, so try out how it feels to slice and dice in Rising yourself.


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9 Comments Add Your Own

_Mortal_ Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Keep the good job guys. I'm HUGE fan of you! I'm already Rising! o//

_Mortal_ Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

You are the best action game developers in the world! ^^

PS: I'm really excited thinking how will be Vanquish 2 !! o//

HKDJ Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Loving it. Can't wait :D

ikaru Posted on December 22, 2012 at 12:36 am

MGR will be 100% AWESOME!
….Also I would like VANQUISH 2.

CrimsonComedian Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

My skepticism has been erased. This truly looks like Metal Gear done in a way that only Platinum could. I'm also a big fan of the mariachi outfit and hope that a Gray Fox outfit will be in the final product.

AaronS Posted on January 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

^ Hey CrimsonComedian, pre-order the game from GameStop and you get the Cyborg Ninja/"Gray Fox" outfit! :)

Vladik S Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for making metal gear rising i am a fan since it metal gear solid rising 2010.To tell the truth i thought you never going to released but then i saw the realese data from your trailer i understood that you were needed a more time to completely finish this game.I will be alot happy with proud and joy to play thi amazing game.Great job guys. :)).

Carlos Torres Posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Thank you so much for this upcoming jewel! Definitely is a Metal Gear game when it comes to direction, energy, and presentation! Also engine is incredible! I made a top quality vid showcasing the demo featured in Zone of The Enders HD Collection and every second looks gorgeous! I look forward to playing the full title when it releases and hope for a potential sequel or special edition featuring new missions and VR situations. Similar to that of the re-releases in previous Metal Gear Solid games!

scrap metal Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:37 am

looking forward to MGrising and wonderful 101. make the game's difficulty hard please! :)

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