The new Metal Gear Solid game breaks off from the traditional system where you play as Snake, and instead you play as Raiden, who is powered electrically. He wields a katana that allows you to cut/slice everything and anything in any way possible. The series’ former tag-line, “Tactical Espionage Action”, has been replaced with “Lightning Bolt Action”, a play on Raiden’s name. This new game will, however keep the tradition to all Metal Gear games and require stealth and sneaking in the missions.
Hideo Kojima had officially announced the game at Microsoft’s E3 2009 press conference, after running various countdowns for the announcement on a Konami website. Both Kojima and Kenichiro Inaizumi will be producing the game. Kojima stated that he became involved with Rising because “it’s a completely different kind of action than what has appeared in the series so far” and also stated that he will be more involved in the development of the game than a normal video game producer would be. Finally, at E3 2010, gamers got their first look at the game, and hopefully were satisfied.