The Evolution Championship Collection 2019 — generally known as “EVO” — was held this previous weekend, and it was full of tough-as-nails preventing recreation battles alongside a number of recreation bulletins. One among these bulletins, nevertheless, was not actual, and it utilized longtime Metallic Gear Strong actor David Hayter’s voice with out permission.
In the course of the Tekken 7 portion of the occasion, a video proven on display screen in Las Vegas displayed the basic Codec interface from the Metallic Gear Strong collection, with Strong Snake, the character Hayter voices, commenting on the matches followers simply watched. It was assumed that this was an out-of-left-field reveal for the character’s look within the Tekken collection, however this was not the case.
On the official EVO Twitter account, the occasion’s organizers shared that it was “[their] concept of just a little joke,” and that it was not teasing any content material. The crew had additionally not spoken to Tekken 7 writer Bandai Namco concerning the teaser beforehand.
It wasn’t Bandai Namco that was most involved concerning the joke, nevertheless, however Hayter. Additionally writing on Twitter, Hayter stated that EVO had didn’t seek the advice of both himself or Metallic Gear writer Konami concerning the joke video. “You additionally didn’t seek the advice of me, or Konami,” he wrote. “Please don’t use my voice to advertise different video games. Ever.”
You additionally didn’t seek the advice of me, or Konami. Please don’t use my voice to advertise different video games. Ever.
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) August 5, 2019
Strong Snake already seems in one other preventing recreation, Tremendous Smash Bros. Final, the place he’s voiced by Hayter, which makes his frustration smart. That is very true as a result of Bandai Namco Studios additionally had a task in creating Final, working alongside Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai’s Sora studio, and presumably may have pulled some strings to incorporate the character.
Hayter had not voiced Snake — or fairly, his “father” — in 2015’s Metallic Gear Strong V: The Phantom Ache, and was changed by Kiefer Sutherland. This choice appeared to have been made by director Hideo Kojima, who later had a really public falling-out with Konami that resulted in him leaving the corporate and beginning the impartial Kojima Productions. Suffice it to say, if Konami opts to make one other Metallic Gear recreation, David Hayter will doubtless play Snake as soon as once more.
Other than his voice work, Hayter is primarily a filmmaker. He was a screenwriter on standard movies X2: X-Males United and Watchmen, in addition to the director of the horror movie Wolves. For online game followers, although, he’ll all the time be best-known for his gravelly vocals.