Kiefer Sutherland Confirmed As The New Voice For Snake, As Hayter…Well Hates
The big news coming out from Konami’s pre-E3 conference last night was certainly the reveal of the voice behind Naked Snake in the upcoming sequel to Metal Gear Solid, The Phantom Pain. For months now we’ve wondered whether series veteran David Hayter would return as voice actor of protagonist Snake (wither one really), with many thinking that all the rumours and Twitter reactions were all part of an elaborate ploy, which seems to be Hideo Kojima’s favourite past time lately.
Which makes it somewhat also difficult to believe anything he says now really. Either way, during the conference last night, Kojima revealed none other than 24 star Jack Bauer Kiefer Sutherland as the new voice for Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5, with a pre-recorded video reel allowing Sutherland himself to express his excitement. Thing is, David Hayter wasn’t exactly that excited about Sutherland’s appointment.
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In a tweet that went live minutes after the reveal, Hayter seems to congratulate and wish well to Kojima and Sutherland, until…
“Ah well, can’t fault @RealKiefer. Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!”
For those who don’t know, New Coke was an attempt by the Coca-Cola to change the existing formulae for Coke, which obviously ended in disaster and forced the company to scrap the idea completely. Whether Hayter is just joking or being dead serious is still up for interpretation, but it’s really one hell of a dig at a franchise that really is his claim to fame.
But the beauty of it all is that we still don’t really know for sure if Kojima is simply carrying on with an elaborate play or whether this is all for real, especially after a tweet from Hayter a few weeks ago suggested he would be present at E3 for some “voice acting”.
Either way, Sutherland seems like a good choice to me personally.