It has emerged that Metal Gear Rising was actually cancelled by Kojima Productions before Platinum Games swooped in to take over, re-envisage and ultimately rescue the project.

According to the game’s producer Yuji Korekado in the latest Hideraji podcast, the project was actually canned after the KP team could not identify what the game’s core impetus was. Although a number of core design elements had already been completed, the game was to be shelved.

It was at this time that the team at Platinum Games became aware of the game’s half finished state. Somewhere along the line it was proposed that they take over development. Platinum were responsible for changing the game’s story and removing its “solid” status. Rising is not a Metal Gear Solid game. KP have since tweeted the following, confirming that Revengeance is not part of the MGS series;

“We’ve only said that the period setting is several years after MGS4. Metal Gear Rising is not part of the Metal Gear Solid series. At present, we can’t say more than this.”

It’s expected next year on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thanks to Andrisang.