EVO apologize to Tekken fans after controversial Snake DLC prank - Dexerto

EVO apologize to Tekken fans after controversial Snake DLC prank

Published: 5/Aug/2019 8:23 Updated: 5/Aug/2019 8:51

by Connor Bennett


Tekken fans were left stunned after it appeared that Snake from Metal Gear Solid was set to make an appearance in-game. Yet, not everything was as it seemed.

As the biggest event in the fighting game community (FGC) calendar, EVO is the perfect setting to reveal new content, big changes, and even new titles. Traditionally, games like Smash and Tekken have showcased their new DLC characters during the final matches to build some hype in the crowd. 

However, that hype can die down just a little bit when these fighters get leaked – just as EVO 2019, fans in the venue were treated to a message from Metal Gear Solid’s Snake, as the character stated: “That was some good ass Tekken,” before disappearing back off-screen. 

Of course, this left fans wondering if Snake himself was about to be introduced as a new DLC character. However, once the finals were over and Arslan ‘Arslan Ash’ Siddique was crowned as the victor, Bandai Namco, the game’s developers, revealed upcoming changes for Tekken – as well as new characters.

Sadly, though, for those fans who had been hyped up by Snake’s appearance, he was nowhere to be seen – leaving them puzzled by what had just happened.

Of course, it turned out that this was solely a joke by Evo and not done in partnership with Bandai Namco. Evo quickly offered an apology to fans who may have been upset by their small prank.

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

Still, that Twitter apology didn’t cut it for many fans, who were still furious at the organizers for pulling off such a dastardly prank. 

Marie-Laure ‘Kayane’ Norindr, a female fighting game star from France responded: “Never again please! The tournament was not over, so it drives the players’ attention to this Snake cameo instead of the finals. Nothing is impossible with Tekken. They got Negan, Noctis..Snake could have really been possible, so its actually really disappointing it’s not real.” 

Fans who are still waiting for characters like Snake to join the Tekken roster will have to wait just a little bit longer, until the developers themselves decide to make a change. 

Until that point, players will have to be wary of what they believe to be a reveal, and what is solely a prank.


EVO 2020 game lineup revealed: Smash Ultimate, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 4:15

by Andrew Amos


Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is making a surprise return to the fighting game mecca, Evolution Championship Series (EVO), in 2020, with Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V headlining the major event.

Fighting game fans rejoice, fan favorite franchise Marvel vs. Capcom will be making a return to EVO alongside a host of usual mainstays in 2020.

The popular franchise was announced as a major event at EVO 2020 during the game lineup presentation on February 4, alongside eight other titles.

Smash Ultimate will once again be appearing at EVO, as well as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While these tournaments shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, players can now stop holding their breath in case something completely crazy was on the cards.

The 22nd rendition of the major fighting game event will also see the return of Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Under Night In-Birth from 2019’s event.

Marvel vs. Capcom’s inclusion after a three-year absence comes as a surprise to the game’s most dedicated players, including Justin Wong. “Wait MVC2,” he said on Twitter. “They didn’t tell me I’m in this tourney until just now.”

The franchise will be making a return as a special eight-player invite-only tournament, Wong included, and it will be the Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s first appearance at EVO since 2010.

Its inclusion does mean that one other major franchise was snubbed from EVO 2020 — Mortal Kombat 11. After the series made a return to EVO in 2019, it will be gone just as quickly as it came, with the game not included in the final list of nine.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has also been removed from the games list, with the franchise not featuring at EVO 2020. It’s the first time a BlazBlue game won’t be at EVO since 2016. Instead, it will be replaced by the yet-to-be-released Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

The latest game in the Granblue Fantasy franchise will be released in North America on March 3, giving players around five months to prep for the big event.

While not listed on the official event line-up, EVO will also play host to the opening tournament of Guilty Gear Strive. The latest release in the franchise is expected to hit shelves later in the year, but fans can get their first taste of the title at EVO 2020 in a preview tournament.

EVO 2020 will kick off in Las Vegas on July 31 and will run until August 2.

EVO 2020 game line-up

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Preview)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]