Confirmed: Hayter not in MGS 5...and very sad
David Hayter, the voice of Snake since 1998s Metal Gear Solid, wont reprise his role in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – and that sucks, Hayter writes in an elongated Twitter post.
"If it were my choice, I would do this role forever," Hayter says. "To hear anyone elses voice coming from Snakes battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest. But the truth is – its not my choice. Any and all casting decisions are the sole purview of Hideo Kojima, and Konami itself. And thats fair."
Konami never approached Hayter for the role, Hayter writes. He found out the production team "wouldnt be needing" him in December, when the recording sessions for Phantom Pain began in Los Angeles.
"No reason, or explanation was given beyond that. And that was it," Hayter says. He was "bummed" by the news. Konami head Hideo Kojima wantsPhantom Pain to represent a "new Metal Gear game" and hasnt revealed who the new voice actor will be.
"To be clear, I love being a part of the world of Metal Gear," Hayter writes. "I admire its technological innovations, the gameplay, the political message of it all. But primarily, I love the fans of these games. Two grown men burst into tears upon meeting me at the Vancouver Fan Expo last year. Now that ... Is a rare and excellent role. You know youre making an impact. And I love doing it."
Read Hayters full description of events here. Yes, its elongated by Twitter standards, but its by no means a long read; its simply concise and quietly sad.