What's this? A Metal Gear Solid game without ye old familiar faces? No Snakes? No Ocelots? That's exactly what producer Shigenobu Matsuyama has said about Metal Gear Solid: Rising, which is a game that Hideo Kojima doesn't seem keen on being involved with.
In an attempt to make the game more accessible to newcomers, Matsuyama revealed that Rising won't lean too much on the mind-boggling history and backstory of the Metal Gear canon.
"To answer your question about returning characters, we're probably not going to show too many characters in Rising because, since it's a new part of a series, we don't really want to refer to and dwell upon the Metal Gear saga so much." Matsuyama told gamesTM magazine.
"We want newcomers to the game to come in and play freely without needing to know and understand the background of the whole Metal Gear Solid universe," he added. "We don't want to have it all tied up with the story from MGS2 or MGS4 and make it too complicated."
So far the only returning character that has been made known is the game's main character, Raiden. Whether at least Rose will make a return, your guess is as good as ours.
Rising won't be out until 2011 next year, expect more news at the Tokyo Game Show next month.