David Hayter will definitely not be returning as the voice of Snake in MGS5. Konami’s pre-E3 conference confirmed earlier rumors that the 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland will be voicing the iconic hero instead. He’ll also be doing the facial capture.
Sutherland said: “I’m not a gamer and I even knew about this game”. Showing just how much of a legacy the series has. David Hayter’s reaction? “Ah well, Can’t fault @RealKiefer Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!”, he tweeted. Hayter is insinuating that the new game won’t be so good without him, as Coke lovers hated “New Coke”. Is his reaction childish? Or does it just show how upset he is at being replaced and how he wasn’t notified sooner? I’m not sure this situation puts either Hayter or Konami in a good light.
Apparently Sutherland has spent a lot of time researching the character, his legacy and all about his past and future for the role. He has worked on video games before, such as Call of Duty: World at War and 24: The game, but the MGS5 Fox Engine really blew the star away.
There’s a mixed reaction from Metal Gear fans, some welcome the 24 actor, others hate the fact Hayter has been tossed aside in favor of a Hollywood star. Personally, I’m not sure how to feel – I love David Hayter and he certainly will be missed, but I also think that Sutherland is a decent actor and just might be able to bring something to the table that Hayter could not.
MGS5: The Phantom Pain will be set in 1984, making Snake 49 years old. More information will emerge at E3, in four days time.