Last Sunday, during the grand finals of Tekken 7 on the main stage of Mandalay Bay at Evo 2019, a short teaser ran following a match. It was a quick hit, apparently meant as a joke for those in attendance, but it's angered a lot of folks who now feel it has set an expectation for Solid Snake being in Tekken.
The video was a fake codec call, from Solid Snake to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, with Snake saying that was some "Good Ass Tekken." It wasn't shown on-stream, but one person in attendance was quick enough with their phone to grab a clip of it.
But when Harada took the stage later to announce the new content coming to Tekken 7, Solid Snake wasn't among the fighters coming to Tekken. In fact, he wasn't mentioned at all. People were confused, until Evo announced it was all a joke.
Just to clear things up, the Snake cameo video that we showed during Tekken finals was our idea of a little joke. It was not intended to imply a character reveal, and was done on our own, without consulting Bandai Namco. Sorry for any confusion!— EVO (@EVO) August 5, 2019
You might think this was Evo covering for a long tease from Harada, but others have come forward to say this wasn't in the official plans. Voice actor David Hayter says Evo failed to consult either Konami or himself, as the voice of Snake, on the video.
EVO,— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) August 5, 2019
You also failed to consult me, or Konami. Please do not use my voice to promote other games. Ever.
Harada also wrote a Twitter thread on the matter. Via Kotaku, Harada says he was surprised by the video and by the anger that it wasn't an announcement, and that he feels bad for Hideo Kojima and Konami.
Harada has pulled jokes in the past regarding announcements, though this seems a little larger and less planned than you'd expect. Whether this does mean Snake ever comes to Tekken or not, fans are predictably bummed, and you have to wonder what the joke was meant to do other than tease the sneaking agent's entry into the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Tekken 7 already has Noctis, Geese, Akuma, and Negan, so Snake isn't outside the realm of possibility.
Either way, the grand finals of Tekken 7 ended in spectacular fashion, with Arslan Ash solidifying his seat atop the Tekken scene with an Evo win over Knee. If you'd like to know why Tekken 7 has risen to the top of the fighting game scene, be sure to read up on our feature about the competitive scene.