David Hayter says he wasn't asked to voice MGSV

[UPDATE] Longtime Snake voice actor says Konami did not ask him to reprise role in upcoming Metal Gear Solid game; Kojima confirms Hayter won't return.

[UPDATE] Speaking with GameTrailers, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that David Hayter will not return for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but declined to comment on his replacement.

"It's a new type of Metal Gear game and we wanted to have this reflected in the voice actor as well," Kojima said."

The original story follows below

Longtime Snake and Big Boss voice actor David Hayter may not return for the just-announced Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

After the game's announcement today, Hayter tweeted, "Well look, at least I had a good run." Asked if he was approached to reprise his role, he bluntly stated, "Nope."

Game director Hideo Kojima revealed today that Metal Gear Solid V is both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain combined. Konami also has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid V is due out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though a release date was not provided.

Hayter also wrote the screenplay for 2000's X-Men.

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474 comments
darkknight9174
darkknight9174

I can accept him turning it down, but not to even ask him? He has been the voice of Snake forever. It is like Michael Ironside not being Sam Fischer (which also changed didn't it?!), or Kevin Conroy not being Batman or Mark Hamill not being the Joker (looking at you WB Studios for Arkham Origins).

push88
push88

Now, now David.  Don't be a hater.

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

Maybe it's a another clone of Big Boss in MGS V that's why they didn't ask him. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dragonrell
Dragonrell

So if he isn't in Phantom Pain then will he be in Ground Zeroes? I guess it would make sense to not have him in Phantom Pain since BB has become older  but then Richard Doyle should be the voice of BB if not David.  

Pranjal87
Pranjal87

no exclusive, no David, not Next gen console game. You are just about to ruin it Kojima. Like you made fun og MGS name with Revengence. After following you on twitter, it just seems that you are no better than a Pasta loving Hippocratic person. Seems MGS was a fluke. Thats why you could never do it again. Over hyped person, who failed at everything else.

snake_c
snake_c

snake?? snaaaaaaakeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Continue?

zemc77
zemc77

Kojima won't do it in the end. I just know he won't. A different type of Metal Gear? Reflect the changes in the voice actor as well? Then why the hell have Akio do Snake again but replace David? Fuck you Kojima.

If you do it, FUCK YOU.

If you don't,

I KNEW YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE BALLS.

MetalPayneXC
MetalPayneXC

I guess you can say, *puts on sunglasses* Konami is a David Hayter hater... YEEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lionheart199020
Lionheart199020

I hope Kojima is announcing this as some sort of hoax to rile up the fans and get a reaction on just how beloved Snake is. Changing his voice actor is the worst fucking thing you could possibly do to this series, and the most insulting since the Japanese voice actor is reprising his role as Snake...

BigBoss_Ali
BigBoss_Ali

Yeah, I find this to be a load of BS. Japanese VA Akio Otsuka confirmed he'd come back, and David Hayter won't, How is that "recreating the series" Kojima? He's only gonna lose money and business if he's actually made this horrible decision.

josh_b
josh_b

Simply put... no David Hayter then no MGS for me. As  the most iconic voice in video game history, at least for me. Without him the series is nothing. I grew up playing MGS games and hearing his voice.

Lets all be honest. The MGS Series was never known for its outstanding gameplay. The story... how ever convoluted it was and the amazing performance put on by the voice actors is what kept many people coming back.

Im 27 years old and mainly a PC gamer and besides a few select console games like Uncharted and the MGS series and Heavy Rain. they were the only reason i kept a console in my house. They continue on this path there is no reason to keep my ps3 since i know another Uncharted is not coming out in this console cycle.

Sahle123
Sahle123

Wow, I feel like I am walking through an excessively conservative church as a read through all the comments. I'm sure Konami has some greater plan to all this. I mean, if you think about it carefully, replacing Snake's voice actor with someone else does seem like a very bad idea--no one would do that merely on a whim...


Having said that... if they're just looking for a cheap imitator, then I will be deeply disappointed. :(

facuff
facuff

That's pretty freaking LAME!!! He practically made that character ICONIC! fucking bad move!

l777l
l777l

Very bad move.

supa_badman
supa_badman

Kojima, how do you fuck up THAT bad?

ralphnetic
ralphnetic

They should've change the voice in Peace Walker already, this issue it's just traumatic  & unacceptable. If they decide to put Richard Doyle, well, a second guess

georgirobot
georgirobot

Why another MGS? I thought Hideo Kojima didn't like milking franchises.

SpiderLuke
SpiderLuke

I thought 4 was supposed to be the end, and the only reason he made it was because he was getting death threats. It should be called Metal Gear $. Oh well, I guess people gotta eat.

bluefox755
bluefox755

He be drinkin' dat Hayter-ADE! *rimshot*

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

If they had Troy Baker or even Nolan North play Solid Snake now I might actually return to the series.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

lol why is he crawling so much? the other guy could just drag him if they are together wtf

jhcho2
jhcho2

David Hayter is to Snake what Peter Cullen is to Optimus Prime.

ioshilee
ioshilee

The new voice for Big Boss sounds much younger than BB's actual age is! That makes a character dissonance - a mature man with a voice of a youngster 20-25 y.o. :( Tha match is good however, but for a young Solid Snake, not Big Boss.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

Snake is NOT Snake without David Hayter. I am honestly disgusted.

gamergath
gamergath

I am sad. MGS5 will be just like SPLINTER CELL BLACK LIST... David Hatyer... I don't want you to be anywhere but voicing SNAKE. Kojima you better get DH back... or... or... I will ask the MOD community to wait for you game and mod it just right just for David Hatyer to voice the entire game. (no THREATS intended) but you gotta do something... Disappointing your fans like that! Shame!

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

SNAKE! SNAKE! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKEEEEEE!

TheShadow7
TheShadow7

Deeply disappointed about the change in direction with The Voice of Snake!!!

Willie_d7
Willie_d7

Didn't Hayter say something a tiny bit disparaging about MGS4? Maybe that's why he got axed.

Guess he could do Guyver 3 now...

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

Guess that's why you don't hear snake speak during the demo.

frylock616
frylock616

@zemc77 In Japan, if the voice actor dies, they usually kill the character off out of respect for them.

frylock616
frylock616

@josh_b Wow, if you really are going to let a change in voice acting  stop you from buying this game and make you think of getting rid of your console....man, You just have severe issues.

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

@josh_b Dude, are you me? It's like I wrote this comment and didn't even know it. I'm 27 years old too... wow... o_o

zemc77
zemc77

@josh_b Easy there dude, I agree with you on the acting being awesome, but the gameplay IS outstanding.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

@facuff here is the really bad part, In Japan they are using the same voice actor they've always used... bleh!

gutsallover
gutsallover

@SpiderLuke Kojima has been saying he was done making Metal Gear since he made Metal Gear Solid 2 (or maybe he even said it after he made 1, not sure). He loves the series too much to leave it behind. 

KumaTenshi29
KumaTenshi29

@MidnightMeteor Nolan North is in EVERYTHING for christ sakes, haven't you had enough of hearing the same guy do every damn thing? If you've been gone from the series due to Hayter, good riddance.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

@jhcho2 Well said.. so true... I remember Michael Bay saying,  "The Fans were so right about Peter Cullen. There just couldn't have been a better Prime."

He was actually going to cast someone else for Optimus Primes voice work. Thank GOD he didn't... I was so happy when I heard his voice at the beginning of Transformers! 

Hayter is Snake/Big Boss... without him... it just another character with no soul.

Much like Sam Fisher isn't Sam Fisher without Micheal Ironside....

bleh!

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

@Willie_d7 Who cares what he said. MGS 4 plot is hard to understand even if you've played all the games. I tend to be forgiving when it comes to Kojima, but not with him axing David Hayter!

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

@zemc77 @josh_b He never said it wasn't. He said the game was more known for the story and beloved characters and that's the truth. 

Willie_d7
Willie_d7

Don't get me wrong, MGS4 was a cluster$%^&. That said, speaking out against your company can be a huge deal in Japan. I wouldn't be surprised if that's why he got booted.

Or perhaps Kojima resented him stealing some of the limelight in english speaking countries.