Last month, eagle-eyed PlayStation fans caught what many thought was a teaser for a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: a sharp, metallic "2" that looked a lot like the original game's logo. Metal Gear developer Kojima Productions denied that the lightning-fast tease that slashed through a PlayStation 4 game highlight reel had something to do with Metal Gear Rising 2, despite appearing in an official Sony video.
"We'd like to say thank you to the fans for their enthusiasm but to clarify we did not tease a new game at the Taipei Game Show," Kojima Productions said in a tweet last month, addressing what seemed like a Revengeance sequel teaser. "The trailer screencap in question is from SCE and not affiliated with Kojima Productions or Metal Gear."
To drive that point home further, Revengeance developer Platinum Games has included the now-infamous "2" in a new piece of official art featuring the game's protagonist Raiden. The image, painted by Platinum Games artist Yong-Hee Cho, is one of a pair of pieces of official artwork created to celebrate the game turning two. The other features Jetstream Sam and does not appear to hint at a sequel.
The new Raiden image, dated Feb. 21, is also likely not a teaser for Metal Gear Rising 2. After all, Platinum celebrated the game's one-year anniversary this time last year by giving out a Revengeance screen saver.
Platinum is either just having a little fun at Metal Gear fans or playing along with Kojima Productions' unusual strategy for not-quite-announcing a Revengeance sequel. The closest thing we have to date of official word of a new Metal Gear Rising game is a survey that Konami sent out in 2013, which asked fans what they'd like to see in a sequel.