A senior producer at developer Kojima Productions has flatly denied reports that Metal Gear Rising 2 was briefly teased at this weekend’s Taipei Game Show.
During a trailer that showcased a number of upcoming PS4 games, the following image flashed on-screen for a split second during a transition as a character from Sony’s upcoming PS exclusive, The Order: 1886, was counting down:
A number of fans viewing the conference online immediately spotted that the number in question was stylised extremely similarly to that of the logo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid hack-and-slash spinoff – and began speculating that the image may have been a reference to a possible sequel for the game on PlayStation 4.
That’s not the case, however, according to senior Kojima Productions developer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi. Journalist Geoff Keighley reportedly spoke to the producer during the show, who claimed that the image had nothing to do with his studio or Metal Gear Rising. This story was later corroborated by Imaizumi himself, who explained that the trailer was produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and that he had no idea of its significance:
Of course, Hideo Kojima and his studio have form for outright denying rumours that have later turned out to be true, so it’s worth taking both sides with a pinch of salt.
In other Metal Gear news coming out of the Taipei Game Show, Hideo Kojima confirmed during a presentation that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will receive a Chinese localisation, with Traditional Chinese subtitles and menu text.