David Hayter Not Returning To Voice Snake
Why do developers like changing beloved voice actors? Hot on the heels of the exciting reveal of Metal Gear Solid V comes this, word that series veteran David Hayter would not be returning to reprise his role as the English voice for Snake. Just like Splinter Cell before it, Metal Gear Solid seems to be axing one of the most important features of the game.
David Hayter has been praised numerous times for his work as Snake. Hints come last week already when Hayter asked fans on Twitter what their reactions would be if he did not return as Snake.
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“Informal Poll: How would you react if I didn’t play Snake in the next Metal Gear? @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN @Konami”
Then come confirmation of the change, after a new voice was heard during the Metal Gear Solid 5 reveal trailer. Hayter took it well it seems.
“Well look, At least I had a good run.”
“@DavidBHayter Such a shame. Did they even ask you to do it?”
Apparently not. Hayter states that he was not approached at all to do voice work for Metal Gear Solid 5, meaning two things. Either this really is the end of a long run for the voice actor/screenwriter, or Kojima is pulling off yet another publicity stunt by getting the whole world riled up about this change. You wouldn’t put it beneath him after the whole Phantom Pain/ Ground Zeroes ruse.
Another little piece of interesting news is that Kiefer Sutherland might in fact be the voice of Snake’s “get out of hospital” buddy, Ishmael. While there’s no solid (heh) confirmation yet, it really does sound like him in the reveal trailer don’t you think?
Either way, that’s small in comparison to the idea of a Metal Gear Solid title without David Hayter.