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.
“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.