Hideo Kojima, creator and director of the Metal Gear series, didn't pick Raiden as the star of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and would have instead chosen Gray Fox, IGN reports.
In a recent interview with the publication, Kojima explained that Raiden was the staff's idea. Kojima wanted to focus on production over development. Using Gray Fox, who debuted in the original Metal Gear and later returned in Metal Gear Solid as the Cyborg Ninja, would have required Kojima to be heavily involved.
"If we had gone with that, I would have had to write the script and then be really committed to creating the game," Kojima said. "I want to pass game development to the younger generation in my team and have been trying to do so for some time."
Kojima said that as far as Revengeance is concerned, the team is "fully in control."
"Besides," Kojima added, "if I had created the game and directed it, it wouldn't have been this game."
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is slated for release Feb. 19 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.