Despite being the assistant professor of Misanthropy Studies at Local University U.S.A., Revengeance initially rubbed me the wrong way. Part of it was my undying love for Snake; mainly, it was that despite my tenure — esteemed and wholly legitimate as it is — the whole “dismemberment” bother left me a bit queazy — and I say this fully aware of the fact that mine is a gaming history defined by leaving enough orphans to wage an insurrection. Yet times have changed, and as such, morbid curiosity has eclipsed my interest in the welfare of imaginary people. Yet the Raiden factor remains. Despite making peace with his existence – personally, i’ve developed a passing appreciation for MGS2 – i’ve been curious as to why a character who inspires such loathing from some of my fellow gamers would be first choice for Revengeance, particularly when the MGS universe has produced more than one sword-wielding cyborg ninja.
As it happens, Kojima himself didn’t favor the choice of Raiden as Revengeance’s protagonist. Rather, that honor might have been bestowed upon Gray Fox – man of (former) mystery, and masochist of Flannagan-esque proportions. According to Kojima, the choice ultimately fell to the development team, after the Metal Gear creator relinquished much of his creative control, choosing instead to oversee production of the forthcoming title. In Kojima’s words:
“[...] if we had gone with [Gray Fox], I would have had to write the script and then be really committed to creating the game. I want to pass game development to the younger generation in my team, and have been trying to do so for quite some time. Before I never could give complete responsibilities for other games, but for Revengeance, they are fully in control.”
Nonetheless, while Gray Fox will not be front-and-center in Revengeance – unfortunately, I haven’t seen any indication that he will play any part at all – a Gray Fox skin can be downloaded as DLC. It’s not the mother of all incentives – personally, i’m not a huge fan of such things – but for those who are less averse to paying for such things, it will indeed be available.