Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is proving to be a divisive game, and I’m not referring to way that protagonist Raiden uses his high-frequency katana blade to “divide” the bodies of his foes into messy, unequal portions. Come to think of it, though, that really does exemplify the issue fans are up in arms about: that Metal Gear Solid’s classic stealth mechanics have been jettisoned here, in favor of an all-out action assault that bears the unmistakable fingerprints of developer Platinium Games.

It’s been a long time coming, but the end is finally in sight. Konami has announced the worldwide release dates for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and issued a new trailer for the game (above) that’s as inscrutable as it is violent.

Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima pointed out Revengeance’s release date on his Twitter account, writing “New update about ‘RISING’ has been released at Gamescom” and including a picture of the game’s Japanese website. As the pic makes clear, Revengeance hits Japan on February 21st, 2013, but the game will release throughout the Americas slightly earlier, on February 19th. Konami previously confirmed that a playable demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be included with the retail release of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which is slated to arrive at the end of October.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Release Date GamesCom Trailer

It may not be traditional Metal Gear, but we had a lot of fun with Revengeance when we went hands-on with it at E3 2012. Much of that fun hinges on Blade Mode, in which Raiden slows down time to slice, dice and flat-out obliterate his enemies. The trick, of course, will be keeping that mechanic fresh throughout the game — though hacking apart entire helicopters and watching as the burning pieces fall from the sky, as Raiden does near the end of the trailer at the top of the page, might never get old (for me, at least).

What do you think, Ranters? Are you looking forward to Platinum’s action-packed Metal Gear spin-off, or would your rather just play though Metal Gear Solid 4 again now that it has trophy support?

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance releases February 19, 2013, in the Americas, February 21 in Japan.

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