Hayter: To hear another Snake voice 'makes me a little ill'

Longtime Metal Gear Solid voice actor claims Konami never approached him for new game or provided reason why he was skipped over.

The idea that someone other than longtime Snake voice actor David Hayter will play the role in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain does not sit well with the actor. In an extended tweet, Hayter claimed that not only did Konami never approach him for the role, but the publisher never explained why it was moving in a different direction.

Recapping the events, Hayter said in December he came home to Los Angeles after being away in Toronto shooting a movie and heard that recording sessions for Metal Gear Solid V were being put together. He said he hadn't heard from Konami, so he contacted the production team to find out if he would be needed or not.

"We got together for lunch, and he told me that they 'wouldn’t be needing me' on this game," Hayter said. "No reason, or explanation was given beyond that. And that was it."

Hayter said after this meeting, he was "bummed" about not getting to reprise the role he had come to enjoy since he began contributing to the series in 1998. He explained that he has spent a "huge amount of time and effort" into making sure Snake came across as a compelling character and that he will have a tough time hearing someone else's voice as Snake.

"If it were my choice, I would do this role forever," Hayter said. "To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest."

At the same time, Hayter said he understands that at the end of the day, Konami and Hideo Kojima ultimately get to call the shots. "And that's fair," he said. "And I'll get by. I am not lacking for employment on any level."

"But I didn’t want anybody to think that I was intentionally abandoning them. And know that I will miss this job, and this character, very much."

Kojima explained last week that the decision to go with someone other than Hayter in Metal Gear Solid V was about reflecting the design of the game.

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

Neither Kojima nor Konami have revealed who will play Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is due out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while Ground Zeroes will be a prologue and an entirely separate game.

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Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Here's what I think. Hayter will voice Big Boss up until he goes into the coma. After the coma he will have a different voice. Many patients after a long coma have to go through speech therapy and learn to speak again. His voice will change at this point. Because Big Boss's voice at the end of MGS4 is different and has a slight British accent. Notice when Big Boss awakens from the coma the flag on the wall is the British flag.  I'm not saying I'm correct, but it's plausible. Also the article is done on April Fools Day so take it with a grain of salt.

IceCweam
IceCweam

This article released on April 1st. April fools?

michaelsgreat
michaelsgreat

Konami =

1.) Screwing with us to stir up extra publicity

-or-

2.) Screwing with a beloved franchise for not involving the voice of said franchise


Screwed up either way.....

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

No David Hayter ? yeah right ! If you believe that you'll believe anything.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

That's kind of a dumb decision, they don't even have a proper reason for it. Somewhat like Sucker Punch with inFamous 2, but they had a heck of a good reason to change Cole's voice and appearance, the previous voice actor couldn't do mo-cap sessions as well, while the new one could do both the voice and the motion capture. Now it's just "herpa derp we're changin' the story so the character's voice is changing!"

Metal_Gear_LR
Metal_Gear_LR

no....just....no....I couldnt....david has always been voice of snake *twitch* I dont know how I would be able to sit there sneaking around and dont hear snake's familiar voice....DEAR GOD its like sitting down to a nice meal that looks so good and you cant wait to eat it then someone farts or coughs near it and then you just lose your appetite....its like the missing piece off of a human's body....I just dont understand why....WHY KOJIMA?! WHY ARE YOU TROLLING OR EVEN CONSIDERING THIS?! I guess i have to wait how this one comes out -.-

psycadelix
psycadelix

First off, they are not 2 seperate games, GZ is simply the prologue to TPP in the same way the Tanker section was the prologue in MGS 2. Secondly, somethings gone on internally, as if they are changing the voice for age reasons of the character, or whatever, then why is Akio Otsuka STILL the voice of Snake in the japanese version, as he has been since MGS, and yet they feel the need to change the western versions voice of Snake?! Holds no water Konami, cant change 1 and not the other.

armin0jrpg
armin0jrpg

When it makes too much noise,its another troll

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

It really sucks. Hayter IS Snake. When you hear that voice, you know exactly who it is. Snake had a unique and widely recognised voice. Whoever they've replaced David with will never be able to live up to these kinds of standards. If Konami have replaced David entirely, then I'm going to take this as a sign that the games are aging, and that I should leave the series before it leaves a bad memory in place of the many good memories that I already have with the games.

GerhardGFAQs
GerhardGFAQs

I hope this is just an april fools joke. But it probably isn't...

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

oh and i'm in the same boat who believe that Hayter will be back in another game and this game probably has some kind of reason as to why the voice will be different.  probably some strange plot twist.

LilRoss2k3
LilRoss2k3

lol oh to be a game developer....but hey..after seeing what happened with DmC...i would be pretty iffy on changing iconinc characters.  but it's Metal Gear and Kojima so i'm sure he gets a pass.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

This is extremely disappointing news for any fan of the series. I may not buy it considering this.

legoislandfan
legoislandfan

I'm surprised that it was Konami who decided not to bring back Hayter. I assumed he was just bored with the role when he said he wouldn't be returning. 

Zeronz112
Zeronz112

Zadornov was killed at the very end of peacewalker (extra missions) Snake retrieves his hand (thats how it gets it) and uses it as a lighter after he defeats Paz in the Peace Walker. Zadornov also has brown hair. I think its Revolver Ocelot (ADAM in MGS3) He was a double agent working for the CIA and he shows the respect he has for snake in the game. He is also a big fan of spaghetti westerns and wears cowboy boots with spurs (like in the video) with a duster in the later games (MGS 2 and 4, duster also in the video) In portable ops, Ocelot joins Near the end of the game, he assassinates his former employer (the DCI) and reports to a new employer who invites Ocelot to join his new organization (The Patriots) on the grounds that Big Boss (Naked Snake) join as well. This happens 4 years before the events of Peace Walker. I think this game is going to focus on the exploits of Zero, The man behind les enfants terrible after snake fell into a coma in 1972, I'm sure we will see some Young snakes in here (liquid solid and solidus) and might explain how Liquid became how he is, and how ocelot becomes his right hand man in the games of MGS and 4.

ZerZipp
ZerZipp

That is very dissapointing... But we'll see what happens, hopefully no more bad surprises.

Keitha313
Keitha313

Christian Bale to voice Batman!! 

Oooh sorry I meant Snake.

scshadow408
scshadow408

fckd up 2 do that 2 him but i still love the metal gear solid series & i will buy the game cuZ im sure the gameplay will be awesome like always 

rkelll48
rkelll48

jfc grow up
who are you people to question the choices of kojima?
there are probably reasons he decided to go with a different voice actor
the fact that some of you are boycotting the series based on those grounds, proves that you aren't loyal fans at all. 
who is to say that this new voice actor wont be better than hayter?
just wait and see

Hugoboss0889
Hugoboss0889

i dont understand how some MGS 'fans' can give up on this amazing franchise because the voice actor has changed -_-

no faith in Kojima whatsoever...

why you guys are buying kleenex to wipe away your tears, ill be buying MGSV the day it comes out

:p

gamergath
gamergath

It was an april fool tweet. That's all i want to believe.

frankblack789
frankblack789

i will NEVER buy a metal gear game that does not have david hayter as the voice of Snake.  NEVER.  Konami made a poor decision & has lost a customer because of it.


p.s.

i also won't buy a splinter cell game that does not have Michael Ironside as the voice of Sam Fisher.  just saying...

alsatian86
alsatian86

It's funny how some people are making the argument that ones voice changes as they get older. This is pretty true, however it does not really apply to this series. Ironically, BB is about 49-50 in the phantom pain, only about 4-5 years older than hayter is. His voice wouldn't be that different... Furthermore although your voice changes as you age, the difference between BB voice in MGS3, OPs, Peace Walker and the voice actor in MGS4 is kinda ridiculous, if anything BB voice would haver been even more gravely and rugged, not almost british. I am clearly a fanboy, however, I am not going to boycott this game just because of Hayter being nixed, I just find some of the peoples arguments on this board a little absurd. 

Shengali
Shengali

Hopefully they're just doing that because they'd rather have Richard Doyle (Big Boss in MGS4) do the voice and add to continuity. Seems BB's voice changed as he got older - Snake in this game definitely seems older, so it'd fit.

Biggs613
Biggs613

@IceCweam Yeah, I have a feeling this is just Kojima and Hayter trolling the community...

Zeronz112
Zeronz112

@psycadelix that sir, is false. They are two different games, GZ is a prequel you are right about that. It takes place directly after peace keeper. It's meant to get the players used to the "open world" concept of the game before TPP comes out which is a fully open world game. TPP is set 9 years after Peace keeper, (and im assuming GZ) hopefully GZ will fill in the gap as to what happens in that time period. They have two seperate release dates, come on two different cds, and more of all, you need to buy both in order to play them. MGS2 was one game, one one disk, for one price. Just so happens it came with 2 chapters, the Tanker and the Plant.

Dienheart
Dienheart

@ApocaLeepse I agree, I loved the ending of Metal Gear Solid 4, and if by some miracle David Hayter and Kojima are trolling us so they can surprise us with a younger SOLID Snake, i'll be pleasantly suprised. Cuz we all know Kojima a TROLL.

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

@GerhardGFAQs I hope so too. But if it is, then someone should tell Kojima that no one's laughing.

TTm1st
TTm1st

@Zeronz112 i had the same idea... i think david hayter gonna do solid snake voice somehow...who knows .. kojima always surprise us

Shengali
Shengali

Naked Snake isn't the same person as Solid Snake - I'll be happy with this if we find out that they hired the VA for BB from MGS4. Otherwise, yeah, doesn't make sense.

IceCweam
IceCweam

@Biggs613  I hope so. I'm feeling a little phantom pain myself after reading this. Kojima has done many PR acts to keep fans off guard. We'll see what happens in the near future. 

psycadelix
psycadelix

@Zeronz112 Ahh, i was going on what Kojima said at last weeks event saying TPP and GZ together made MGS 5, so i thought it was basically playing through a chapter of GZ then waking up after the coma and onto the "next chapter" as it were, all on one disc. But after looking it seems you are indeed correct about they been 2 separate games, my mistake. Thats cool tho, more MGS and i will be buying both!. They dont say how they are going about selling them, or a price tho, who knows. Still doesnt excuse the western voice change tho. Oh, im guessing you meant "Peace Walker"?. Didnt get to play that, didnt have the PSP.

Shengali
Shengali

But David voiced old Snake at the end of MGS4, and NOT Big Boss. This game is about BB, so if they get that voice actor then at least it's a little more understandable.

Sorry for all the similar posts from me, but people really seem to be raging about this without giving them the benefit of the doubt. We all seem happy with the past games, and are up-in-arms before this one is even released.

Shengali
Shengali

Could always be Richard Doyle...

alsatian86
alsatian86

@Hugoboss0889 @alsatian86 yeah, i'm def disappointed, but I'm still keeping an open mind, and I'm not going to let this get in my way of enjoying what is otherwise probably going to be another stellar MG game...

Zeronz112
Zeronz112

@psycadelix Yes I ment peace walker thank you for the correction. I'm hoping they dont skimp out on GZ and half ass it because of TPP. If both are full fledged titles of Metal Gear I will be very happy. Also, the coma happend in 1972, 2 years before the events of Peace Walker, unless kojima wants to throw another curve ball in there. They now have peace walker on the PS3 bundled with the "Metal Gear Solid HD Collection" It comes with MGS 2, 3 and peace walker. Along with the original Metal gear and Metal gear 2 I bought mine for 29.99 brand new. Peace walker is a very fun game, albeit different from the previous games.

Frostyballoon
Frostyballoon

@Dienheart @Shengali That is my guess too, Outer Heaven might be the conclusion of this game. If we had David Hayters voice for this game and Hideo wants to make a Outer Heaven game next then Big Boss voice change would change in matter of days. Using a new voice actor now might mean future games David Hayter will voice a young Solid Snake, since that's who he voice originally. Hayter cant portray both characters on screen, it would be too confusing and unnatural , taking you out of the cutscenes. I dont think this is a troll but a reality. If Kojima has a reason for the change then I trust him. He has never failed me yet. 

Dienheart
Dienheart

@Shengali So who voiced BB in MGS4 in the JAP version? Someone said they are keeping the same JAP VA but dumping Hayter. Im sticking with Hideo trolling us cuz he likes to make his fans squirm. I trust him dont get me wrong, hes just evil -.- I mean we are getting really close to  Outer Heavan right? We know the confrontation is coming. Im going to buy this game even though im a huge David Hayter fan, and if I dont get that grissly voice from the new actor oh well, but we dont even know what is going on. So who knows, game looks good none the less.

Shengali
Shengali

Gotcha, and yeah, that'd be cool!

Zeronz112
Zeronz112

@Shengali I know, thats the logical solution, what I was saying is that David might make a cameo in the game but with a different voice, playing a young teenage snake.

Shengali
Shengali

I meant Richard Doyle to voice BB, he voiced him in MGS4. If they're going to change away from David Hayter, and this BB looks older, then I'd like it to be him for consistency.

Zeronz112
Zeronz112

@Shengali well the clones were made in 1972, and this is set 9 years after peace keeper, which was 1974, that makes the clone 11, not sure how the accelerated aging affects the earlier growths, but we might actually be seeing and hearing a Fresh-Faced, Young-Voiced Non Smoking Teenage Solid.