If Hideo Kojima had gotten his way, Metal Gear Rising would have had a different star.
While talking to IGN Kojima admitted he wanted Gray Fox, not Raiden in the role.
“It was my staff in Kojima Productions that insisted on Raiden, and I respected their idea,” Kojima said. “In my personal opinion, I wanted to go for Frank Jaegar or Gray Fox. But if we had gone with that, I would have had to write the script and then be really committed to creating the game.”
After thinking on it for a while, Kojima eventually decided to go with Raiden and let the team handle the game on their own.
“I want to pass game development to the younger generation in my team, and have been trying to do so for quite some time,” he said. “Before, I never could give complete responsibilities for other games, but for Revengeance, they are fully in control. Besides, if I had created the game and directed it, it wouldn’t have been this game.”