We know that the Xbox 360 has a bad rap in Japan. The poor system barely moves units in Japan due to the culture being more inclined to favor their culturally corporate kin, Nintendo and Sony over the American giant, Microsoft. It could be this very corporate xenophobia that's behind the recent cancellation of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the Xbox 360 in Japan.
Stick Twiddlers – not to be confused with Joystick Fondlers – managed to spot the notice on the official Konami website where the news post was displayed in through and through Japanese. According to a modified Google translation, the notice states...
“Regarding software for the Xbox 360 version of “Metal Gear Rising Revengeance”, due to various reasons, the launch of the Japanese version will be made PlayStation 3 only.
"Due to various reasons"? Good thing people won't ask what those reasons are, eh? So long as the sales for the Xbox 360 stay as paltry as they are over in Japan it doesn't really matter why a company cancels a game for the 360 over in the land of the rising sun, especially when some weeks it barely moves 2,000 SKUs, as reported by 1up.
The original news post is still readily available on Konami's site but it doesn't really make a lot of sense in its direct English translation. Nonetheless, the gist is still pretty obvious where it says “We have been looking forward to the launch in the Xbox360, as well as to everyone involved, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that will be multiplied.”
Inconvenience multiplied by the number of fanboys in Japan pissed that they won't be able to get their hands on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance? Oh wait, there is no such thing as an Xbox 360 fanboy in Japan. Nevermind.
Anyway, the game is still planned to release for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in Europe and the Americas on February 21st, 2013.
You can check out the latest concept art of the game while you anxiously await the game's release.