At this weekend’s 2015 Taipei Game Show, a Sony video presentation gave a possible clue that a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was in the works.
The video presentation was a showcase of sorts for a number of upcoming titles for the PlayStation 4, such as Resident Evil Revelations 2, Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, and PS4 exclusives Uncharted 4 and The Order 1886.
During a climactic buildup which involved a countdown, the number two flashed on the screen for a brief second. Thing is, this number two was in a stylized font that looked identical to that of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. You can see for yourself in this video of the highlight reel at around the 1:35 second mark, but don’t blink or you’ll miss it:
Speculation was rife, particularly on NeoGAF, where a user captured the image from the Twitch stream. It might seem a bit of a stretch to extrapolate such a conclusion from such a brief image, but as it turns out, Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima has recently been meeting with Platinum Games, the developer of Revengeance, most recently in December 14, 2014.
Additionally, a survey from the official Metal Gear Solid site asked users last August if they would like to see a sequel to Revengeance. Judging from the positive reception the game received, it’s likely that many fans voted “Yes.”
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was released in Feburary 2013, with a PC port released in January 2014. It featured a grittier version of the critically maligned Raiden, the primary protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 2 who fans derided for not being Solid Snake. He was much better received in Revengeance and Metal Gear Solid 4.
And speaking of which, whether or not Metal Gear Rising 2 happens or not, fans still have much to look forward to with the impending Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which should be out sometime this year. A PC version is also planned, but no release window has been announced just yet.