Rumor: Metal Gear Solid: Rising to miss 2011

Metal Gear Solid: Rising – assumed by many to be released next year – is due to hit store shelves in 2012, a source has told Kotaku.

Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami, the multiplatform title will feature Raiden – a protagonist of 2002’s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. He later appeared in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, released for PlayStation 3 in April 2008.

Hideo Kojima — director and writer of previous titles in the seminal series — Kenichiro Imaizumi and Shigenobu Matsuyama are producing the game, with Mineshi Kimura as director.

The game, now focused on ‘Lightning Bolt Action’ rather than Metal Gear Solid‘s original ‘Tactical Espionage Action’, was debuted at E3 in the summer of 2009.

We will contact Konami for details. Stay tuned.

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