Kojima attending UK launch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

British would-be buyers of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance may want to get their collective butts to the Westfield White City GAME store in London, because Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is attending the game's official launch there on the night of February 21 - the game officially releases the following day.

Kojima will be joined by Konami lead artist and MGS character designer Yoji Shinkawa, and will be taking part in an interview session on the night. He'll also personally serve the first 200 in the queue their copies of the game, while the 201st person gets to watch on. As long as that person comes in Solid Snake box cosplay, at least he or she will have somewhere to hide their tears.
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KOJIMA COMES TO TOWN FOR REVENGEANCE LAUNCH
Celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in the company of gaming legends Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa

6th February 2013
On 22nd February GAME will host legendary videogame director Hideo Kojima at Westfield White City to celebrate the official UK launch of the long-awaited Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Not only will the living legend be present at the event – Mr. Kojima will also be taking part in a Q&A in front of the crowds at the White City GAME store before the clock strikes twelve.

After satisfying the crowd's curiosity about the inner workings of one of the most successful franchises in videogame history, Mr. Kojima will be joined by Konami lead artist and series creative director Yoji Shinkawa to serve the first 200 people in the queue their copy of the game. That's right: 200 lucky gamers will receive their copy of Revengeance straight from the hands of the two men who created it! Gamers will then get the money-can't-buy opportunity to have their picture taken with Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa; a great souvenir of the night to make them the envy of all their gaming friends.

Fans who have been working on an exoskeleton suit on their day off, have a kickass Gray Fox costume ready in their wardrobes, or want to crawl around Westfield in a "clever" cardboard box disguise are encouraged to arrive in cosplay to show Mr. Kojima and Mr. Shinkawa their inventions brought to life by their British fan base.

GAME is taking questions direct from the UK gaming community for Mr. Kojima. Gamers can tweet @GAMEdigital with their questions using the hashtag #GAMEAsksKojima and the best questions will be answered on the launch night by the man himself.

Dave Howard, Stores Director at GAME said: "We are over the moon that Hideo Kojima and Yuji Shinkawa are joining us for the launch of Revengeance at GAME, White City. They are legends in the gaming world and it's going to be an unbelievable night for the gaming community. Mr. Kojima and Mr. Shinkawa have been the driving force behind some of the most high-calibre and forward-thinking games to grace our screens and it will be a real privilege seeing them up-close and personal, answering our community's questions. It's all set to be an unforgettable experience for our Metal Gear fans and one which is not to be missed!"

Customers who pre-order the game before the night will receive a GAME exclusive Steelbook Cover illustrated by Mr. Shinkawa, plus the download code for an in-game bonus available at no other European retailer: Raiden's Inferno Armour. The in-game bonus increases the number of throwing weapons that the character can carry. All copies of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance purchased at GAME also include the character Gray Fox, the original Cyborg Ninja from the hugely popular Metal Gear Solid, as downloadable content.

About Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Hideo Kojima has overseen the development of the Metal Gear series for over 25 years as a screenwriter, designer and director, rising to the rank of Vice President of Konami Digital Entertainment. He is now executive producer on the spin-off title Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. This game takes the series into a bold new direction, combining the stealth tactics and epic story-telling of Kojima Productions with the adrenalin-fuelled action of PlatinumGames. Taking place four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4, take control of cyborg ninja Raiden as he hacks and slashes his way through an army of enemies, fuelled by revenge.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.