PlatinumGames has confirmed an upcoming Metal Gear Rising Revengeance 10th Anniversary Event.
Here is the statement from PlatinumGames’s official Twitter account:
“METAL GEAR RISING REVENGEANCE
10th Anniversary Event Notice
On February 21, 2023, “Metal Gear Rising Revengeance” will celebrate its 10th anniversary since its release.
On the day of the event, we will unveil the #MGR anniversary art on PlatinumGames’ official Twitter to commemorate the 10th anniversary, so don’t miss it.”
So this announcement alone seems to only confirm that the studio has commissioned a new official artwork for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance. However, there could be something more to this event as well.
Quinton Flynn, who was the voice actor for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance lead character Raiden, sent this tweet days earlier, replying to fans on Twitter:
“Stayed tuned for things to be announced in the coming weeks. “
Quinton didn’t let anything out of the bag, but of course he was well aware that fans would be speculating hard on what PlatinumGames could announce for Metal Gear Rising Revengeance soon. Fans would of course want to see a new Metal Gear Rising game, but also high on that wishlist would be a Metal Gear Rising Revengeance remaster. The original game is available on Steam, but has been limited in several regions, and the only other remaining option for gamers is to activate backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S consoles. The last port made, for the Nvidia Shield platform, has also been long delisted.
This would conveniently tie in to a rumor from yesterday. Please note that this is no longer an official statement from a game company or someone who worked on the game. The rumor is that a bunch of classic Metal Gear games will be getting rereleased on Steam soon.
Would a remaster of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance even be justified? While it is comparatively younger than most of the Metal Gear library, I do think a case can be made for this.
For one, there have been sufficient improvements in technology that would make a visual and performance upgrade justifiable. While Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is smaller than most Metal Gear games, it is still quite an ambitious game whose world could see more clarity in 4K 120 FPS. In particular, the improvements in visuals and performance would make it a better action game in general.
To add to this, the game’s Blade Mode, which allows players to slice enemies freely, warrants reexploration in a time when motion controls are more common. Whether it’s on the Nintendo Switch, DualSense, the Steam Deck, or VR, many if not all platforms could enable new options for gamers. It’s also likely PlatinumGames will have to add accessibility options to this and the game’s other quirky mechanics as well.
While a Metal Gear Rising Revengeance remaster would be exciting news, we will just have to wait for the event itself to find out what PlatinumGames has in store.