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Internet Fooled By Bloody Roar Sequel Hoax

| 3 Oct 2011 20:00
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No Virginia, there is no Bloody Roar 5.

On September 30, an update appeared on the @HudsonSoftLtd Twitter feed with the following message.

New Bloody Roar sequel, is in production! we'll post more soon! ;) #BloodyRoarProject2012 #BloodyRoar5 #BloodyRoar Read and Retweet! ;)

The news spread quickly, and soon the entirety of the gaming news world was reporting that a new Bloody Roar title was in development. Kotaku reported on the story, as did Destructoid and G4.

Hudson Soft said so, and who are we question Hudson Soft?

As it turns out, that wasn't actually Hudson Soft. The @HudsonSoftLtd account was updated this morning, with a link to what was purportedly a new image from Bloody Roar 5. Instead of hot manimal-on-manimal action, the linked picture was the 'net's beloved trollface.jpg with the words "You all been trolled!" emblazoned across the chin.

So far neither Hudson Soft nor Bloody Roar publisher Konami have commented on this situation or the theoretical existence of any future titles in the series.

Humorously, the mysterious pranksters who created the faux Hudson Soft account are still being inundated with Bloody Roar fans thanking them for reviving the series, apparently oblivious to the hoax.

There is an important moral to this story boys and girls, but I'm afraid that my position as an internet gaming news reporter forbids me from saying, "don't trust internet gaming news reporters." I will point out however that The Escapist was not one of the sites that reported the hoax as reality. Draw your own conclusions.

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