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EVO Apologizes For Its 'Little Joke' About Solid Snake

Fighting game tournament EVO played a video yesterday that appeared to tease Metal Gear Solid star Solid Snake as an addition to Tekken 7. That revelation got plenty of people talking, but unfortunately, the clip has been revealed as a giant hoax, perpetrated by the organizers of EVO itself.

The official EVO Twitter account issued an apology for the incident earlier today.

"Just to clear things up, the Snake cameo video that we showed during Tekken finals was our idea of a little joke," the account said. "It was not intended to imply a character reveal, and was done on our own, without consulting Bandai Namco. Sorry for any confusion!"

According to IGN, the footage shown was an image of the codec from Metal Gear Solid, along with some audio from the device. We managed to track down a clip of the event, courtesy of Twitter user @Level_Upt, and as you can see and hear, attendees were shown a codec call between Solid Snake and Tekken 7 producer Katsuhiro Harada in which Snake states, "That was some Good Ass Tekken." The crowd goes nuts, and you have to imagine that a whole lot of them believed Snake was destined for Tekken 7's roster.

It wouldn't have been the first time Bandai Namco reached outside its own portfolio to add a character. Akuma from Capcom's Street Fighter series, Geese Howard from SNK's Fatal Fury, Negan from TV series The Walking Dead, and Noctis from Square Enix's Final Fantasy 15 have all been added to Tekken 7's roster as downloadable characters.

We definitely would've been down to see Snake join the ranks, but sadly, it's just not going to happen at this point in time. Fighting game fans will just have to play as Solid Snake the old-fashioned way: in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It's not known at this time how Bandai Namco felt about EVO's stunt. We've peeked in on the company's Twitter account, but nothing's been said about video at this time. EVO also didn't run the idea by either Konami, the makers of Metal Gear Solid, nor David Hayter, who voiced Solid Snake in many of the titles. And Hayter isn't too thrilled about that.

"EVO, You also failed to consult me, or Konami. Please do not use my voice to promote other games. Ever," Hayter said.

We'll update you should more news break on the matter.