There’s usually a lot of scepticism surrounding the release of any spin-off game, and the same can certainly be said about¬†Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Some fans of the series may be a little hesitant about getting excited for a game that stars Raiden, but Konami is so confident that this Metal Gear will be solid that they’ve announced that there will be a demo arriving prior to Revengeance‘s release.

The demo is scheduled to land on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network on January 22nd, while Europeans will have to wait until January 23rd, so gamers can mark their calendars now.

Accompanying the confirmation of the demo’s release, Konami took the liberty of releasing a new action-packed trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. As fans find out while watching the trailer, Raiden has been given a rather appropriate nickname that pertains to his line of work. Everyone’s favorite cyborg assassin, known to some as “Jack the Ripper,” appears to be rather keen on showing enemies how he earned the name.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Trailer

Of course, the gameplay looks as fast and frantic as everyone has been hoping, but it’s the cutting mechanics that really shine throughout the seven minute long trailer. After going hands-on with Metal Gear Rising during last year’s E3, we walked away genuinely impressed by Platinum Games’ unique take on the series.

Even though some Metal Gear followers have been keeping themselves occupied with The Phantom Pain speculation, Revengeance is still undoubtedly on their minds. We’ll see how well this new take on the franchise meets fans expectations in the near future, but for now the box art for Metal Gear Rising should distract naysayers with its awesomeness.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will slice and dice its way to the Xbox 360 and PS3 on February 19th in North America, February 21st in Australia, and February 22nd in Europe.

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