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.

cynjen
cynjen

I fucking hate Kojima now

skayj2
skayj2

They should get Egoraptor to voice Snake :P

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

my hype meter for this game was at 11 until Kojima confirmed no David Hayter. 

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

It's like how they want to replace Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, well it's not anywhere near that bad but it's just wrong anyway. Hope it's an april fools joke.

stev69
stev69

Most likely he has become difficult to work with or too demanding financially, not that either party would come out and say it.

canoninja
canoninja

i get the feeling that david messed with someone's girlfriend or wife in Konami

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

This dude practically is Snake at this point in time. Big mistake on Konami and Kojima's parts if it's true. I've come to love the voice work he's done for Snake so much over the years, I'm honestly afraid a different actor is going to destroy my ability to get into Snake as a character entirely in this new game.

onixevil
onixevil

Is it snake or the hole voice actors ?

gamergath
gamergath

David Hayter posted this on April Fools day. I hope its all but a prank. Hahaha, seriously, now its over You better voice Old Snake. Hideo, this is to you, we got you like being a teaser, Phantom Pain is MGS5, who saw that coming... now lets get down to be serious. David Hayter isn't irreplaceable.

Carl_Gelin
Carl_Gelin

I have beeen a loyal fan to the series since the firs MGS game for Playstation 1 in 1998 and the voice actors and story is no doubt what cought my attention primarily. 
I think David has done an excellent job and it is just a big "wtf?" to cut out David NOW of all times. Kind of reminds me of the Mass Effect 3 ending, haha!

It's not about beeing a conservative, it is as already mentioned about one of the most iconic voices in modern video game history. David's voice has played a HUGE part of the western fanbase of the MGS series. That's fact. I for one will NOT play any new Metal Gear game without David as voice actor. 

But yeah, this is a "political" decision I think. It usually is with these kinds of "wtf"-moments. 

Props to David though for at least explaining to his fans!

And what's the deal with that Revengence game anyways? Hack n' slash with a Japanese stereotype ninja with white hair and a robodog? Really Kojima??

InfectX
InfectX

Ooh - another crazy idea:
Maybe it's not Solid or Naked Snake; maybe it's some other guy entirely that the patriots are trying to make look like BB and implant his memories into or something.... might explain the new voice, rock thing in his forehead, weird PTSD-like hallucinations/memories, the fact that BB was NOT in a coma (saving Gray Fox) for at least part of that 9 yrs, etc...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This series is off the rails and Kojima has no idea what he's doing anymore.

Fauxmar
Fauxmar

I never asked why Solidus was made the way he was so that's irrelevant. As for the first part of you're response, all you're doing is proving my point. He looks like Snake when they are about the same age yet when they are both incredibly old they look nothing like each other. Kojima messed up there, say what you will.

redstorm72
redstorm72

Not really that big a deal. Big Boss was voiced by someone different in MGS4, so at some point Big Boss needs to stop sounding like Snake. To be honest, while I love what Hayter did with the character, I was getting a little tired of his overly gravely/mumbley voice.

The_FinalDOT
The_FinalDOT

It's complicated, there's many factors we need to analyze. 

Hayter's voice had been carried for years by the personage Snake, will be weird to fans ears that new voice.

Analyzing the Kojima's viewpoint: They want a new, stronger and more impacting voice to merge with the character, Hayter's voice is too mumbling and seems to be a little forced, BUT it fitted well with Snake many of the times. Kojima's did bad to don't give a heads-up to Hayter about the voice acting, but it's HIS company and he didn't felt any obligations to hire Hayter once again.

Analyzing the Hayter's viewpoint: By what I've read, at first he didn't get "shaken", but some hours later he said he is sick about not acting the voice. It's hard to the fans to understand, and I'm one of them. At first I got a little confused, but I remembered the first time I've heard "Snake" talking, it sounded like the actor was forcing and mumbling too much, but during the game (specially in the screams when Snake dies) it was really funny and captivating. 

MY OPINION: I just want the formula that always worked: Stealth game with an awsome history, even if the voice acting be reformulated and I take a time to get used to. 

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

Your guess is as good as ours David. We are not happy, at all.Like, even when we made fun of him, it is a good thing. Such as "Cah...cahh.crab battle! Some sort of cave demon!" "Meryl! Meryl! Meryl1" Give me a break, I honestly am considering a boycott.

sergiodoom
sergiodoom

Snake? Snake? Answer me... Snaaaaaake!

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

As a MGS fan it's going to seem weird to hear someone else do Snake's voice instead of David Hayter. He was the one who helped the series grow bigger from what they had.