Metal Gear Rising producer trash talks Ninja Gaiden 3

Monday, 4 June 2012 00:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba doesn’t want players comparing hack-and-slasher Metal Gear Rising: Revenegeance to Ninja Gaiden 3, which he doesn’t hold much affection for.

According to Gematsu‘s translation of a couple of lengthy tweets, Inaba’s comments came about in response to fan reaction to the recently released Revenegance E3 2012 trailer.

“It seems the game play portions of the trailer are quite popular. The ability to slice everything is a refreshing feature, and the playable cutscenes are well received too,” he said.

“People have been comparing it to Ninja Gaiden, but at least Ninja Gaiden 3 was a shitty game that cannot be helped. I don’t want it to be compared to that.”

It’s unusual for a developer to so openly criticise a peer’s work, but Inaba wasn’t embarrassed.

“Since I’m free to say my real opinions, I can be as frank as I want,” he said.

Ninja Gaiden 3 didn’t exactly set critics on fire with delight upon release earlier this year, despite Team Ninja’s history of success in the action genre. Platinum Games also has a strong reputation in the field and as the first team to deliver a straight up action Metal Gear title has a lot to live up to.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is expected on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2013.

Thanks, Dark!