David Hayter, who voiced Snake and Big Boss for the Metal Gear Solid series since 1998, will not be returning to voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In fact, David Hayter will not be voicing Snake or Big Boss in any of the future Metal Gear Solid games from now on. Why? Because according to Hideo Kojima, Konami and him are trying to “recreate the Metal Gear series”. He stated, “It’s a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected it the voice actor as well.
According to Hayter, he wasn’t even contacted by Kojima or Konami about voicing the role of Snake. He confirmed through his Twitter account that he was in fact, no longer playing Snake’s voice actor. It’s speculated that Snake will be voiced by Keifer Sutherland, who played Jack Bauer in 24. Sutherland will also voice the Ishmael character in Metal Gear Solid V, so it’s strange that he’s voicing two characters in the series (although it’s not like it hasn’t been done before).
Removing Hayter as Snake’s voice actor will definitely have a negative impact on the game, and Snake’s new voice actor won’t be well-received, even if it is Keifer Sutherland. Snake had been voiced by Hayter for 12 years, since the first Metal Gear Solid to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and has become Snake’s identity. Hayter is looking at the bright side of things, and tweeted, “Well look, At least I had a good run.”
Many others are also trying to be optimistic. They said that since Hayter wasn’t contacted about voicing Snake, and since the game is still very early into development, there’s still a chance that Hayter could reprise his role. Many others are also threatening to boycott Metal Gear Solid V if Hayter isn’t hired to voice Snake again. Whatever the outcome may be, we shall keep you updated. If you haven’t already seen the reveal of Metal Gear Solid V, you can check it out here.
[via The Inquistr]