Kiefer Sutherland confirmed as Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

Sutherland will provide facial capture alongside portraying the voice of Snake.

Konami has confirmed that Kiefer Sutherland will be taking on the role of Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sutherland will take over the role from David Hayter, who has been portraying the character since the original Metal Gear Solid in 1998. On top of providing the voice, Sutherland will be performing the facial capture for Snake's face in Metal Gear Solid V.

Hideo Kojima confirmed Sutherland's role as part of Konami's pre-E3 2013 show. "This time with Metal Gear Solid V," said Kojima, "the themes are a little different from previous games in the series. We're taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge. This makes the tone much darker. As a result, I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words.

"The game takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It's different from anything we've done before, so I asked a producer friend of mine in Hollywood, Avi Arad, for advice.

"He's the one who introduced me to Mr. Kiefer Sutherland. And I was like, 'Why didn't I think of that?'"

Speaking about his new role, Sutherland said, "There's a real personal quality to the character that I've connected to."

"I felt [Sutherland] was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance," concluded Kojima.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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kkee
kkee

Given Kojima's previous tricks, I'll believe the full story once the game comes out.

StAnger-
StAnger-

This is probably another hoax by Kojima, like it was with the game title.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

What? On IMDb it says Kiefer is voicing the role of Ishmael. Either they changed Jacks codename from Naked Snake to Ishmael, Kiefer is voicing Ishmael and Snake, IMDb is wrong, or something else is going on here....

Come_on_come_in
Come_on_come_in

Oooohhhh shut the fuck up everybody!! stop acting like bunch of babys crying for David, the game, the open world interface. Lets wait till it come out! and then we talk! dont be so closedminded . As for Sutherland, man...anyone remember "Phone Boot"? listen to his voice, try to adapr it to snake...come on...does it sound bad? of course not! Respect for David, his work all this years was BAD ASS, an we´ll miss him, but dond think kiffer its a bad choice, not at all

marshalmathers2
marshalmathers2

To tell the truth, I've accepted Sutherland being the new Snake. I understand the "tactical" decision Kojima made to make an established actor do the part. That's because this time there is actual acting involved with this new facial capture technology, and don't think that David Hayter has ever acted before.

Also if you pay close attention to Sutherland's tone of voice it would be easy for him to deliver Snake's groaning voice and it would be interesting to see a new take on it.

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

This doesn't make much sense, the guy that was leading Snake around the hospital in the gameplay sounded like Sunderland. 

chieflion
chieflion

tbh ill probably finally get into metal gear waterver the fuck cuz Kief the Chief is on deck

matastig
matastig

"currently in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3"

Taking how MGS4 was  about 39GB into account so:

PS3: 1 Disc

Xbox360: 5 to 6 Discs? (☉_☉)⊙.⊙) 

Just saying

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

I hope Kojima puts Sutherland's name on the box just to remind fans like me to stay away.

Fabregasgunner
Fabregasgunner

I Couldn't be happier- a top actor for a top game

Onines
Onines

BRING BACK DAVID  HAYTER!!! WHY YOU KEEP THE JAPANESE VOICE ACTOR FOR SNAKE!!!???? KOJIMMMMMMMAAAAA!!!!

asakapala15
asakapala15

Kojima is up to something ...im sure of it.. he can't just depise david hayter just like that.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

Not a fan of Kiefer, his work on the propaganda show 24 was mediocre at best. Hayter had that unique comical voice that matches the legendary silenced pistol wielding mullet man. I hope they do a remake of Metal gear with Hayter voicing Solid Snake in the future.

SKaREO
SKaREO

A needed change, and a bloody brilliant one at that! Amazing how high-profile the MGS series has become!

Mihilux
Mihilux

I've been a fan of the series since 1999... more than 10 years. I will watch some KF movies tonight to start getting used to it. I can not deny the feeling of seeing the soul of snake been replaced by another... David Hayter is also an actor and even more he is a director and producer he is very professional he delivered snake's personality trough his voice. Well I will trust Kojima but he didnt even mentioned the name of Hayter as seen in the video. They kinda despised him... something went wrong between Kojima and Hayter at some point that we cannot realize. It is a very tought decision to change a well known characters voice.... Hayter just want you to know you will awalys be Snake! 

roosteraxe1
roosteraxe1

This would have worked if Hayter hadn't originally done Naked Snake, but now... you're changing the character in the middle of the story. Liquid and Solidus both had different voices, so it would've been fine to have Big Boss have a different voice from the get-go. It would even have been alright jumping from MGS 3 to this one, claiming that time changed how he sounds and looks, but having had Peace Walker in between, it doesn't make much sense to change the character so drastically. Of course, maybe having Hayter do Snake for Ground Zeroes and Sutherland do him in Phantom Pain, you could explain the difference as changes caused by the long coma and the trauma his body endured from that. Kojima saying he wanted an actor closer to Snake's age in this doesn't make much sense. I know Hayter isn't in his late forties, but he's not exactly a young guy in his twenties either. I have faith Kojima will pull this off, but I think it's way too late in the game to change such a well established character like this.

VELZER
VELZER

I dont know i still have my doubts about it, maybe kojima is still playing with us so the only thing we left is to wait until the game come out but if this turn out to be true, i guess i will support it, i mean im a fan of the franchise since the beginning even if this will make me get nostalgic i will give it a try, perhaps it will be ok besides teorically at the age of 49 big boss voice has to change but i thought the voive of big boss at this age it was going to be richard doyle

andres_ak47
andres_ak47

If I dont like it I'll switch it to japanese.

MJ-X
MJ-X

I'm not sure if this is true or not but it looks like Hideo is pulling our leg big time, dont take my word for it but check this out:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2801934/

He is voicing a character named Ishmael.

gamemaven
gamemaven

This is the biggest insult to David Hayter and his fans. Fuck this game. I mean really, the guy wasn't even asked. Don't even make the fucking game if you're not going to include him. Do the fans hate him, think he sucks? People don't like it if actors are replaced in movies, so why would you accept it here? He had his chance to replace him a long time ago, there's a window where you get to make that decision. These people that say it's his shit so he gets to do what he wants are fucking idiots. Yeah lets just keep that same attitude for ALL movies and tv shows, and see how you like that. And Sutherland!? Anyone who thinks he can do a better job than Hayter is out of their fucking minds. Something is REALLY wrong here.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Can't please anyone.

I felt as robbed as the next guy when they said Hayter wasn't involved, but at least they got someone good for the part instead of pulling an Ubisoft and getting some no name frat boy to play the character

Nxss-effa-sim
Nxss-effa-sim

They can claim what they want but they probably got a deal from this alcoholic. I know what Kiefer's voice sounds like and it's a mismatch. Not to mention he's always one of two extremes: either very quiet or obnoxiously loud depending on the situation. Bottom line; the face doesn't match the voice and the voice isn't that good to begin with. I guess Kojima thinks all old white people sound like that. They might as well go with Ian McKellen--he's old--but at least he's good.

canoninja
canoninja

the truth is david's voice as snake will be missed, and i still believe he banged someones wife or girlfriend at Konami because the explanations for his change seem like a lot of bla bla bla to me

Bludders
Bludders

I hope this game doesn't turn into over hyped garbage i love mgs, but change voice make it free roam add vehicles. Probably said goodbye to fps view and then releasing ground zero for multiplat then showing mgs5 and lying about the name. Then announcing mgs5 and not for pc even tho ground zeros was. Then saying ground zeros is still a game that just seems forgotten about. What kind of marketing is this its just pissing me off. I like a lil bit of deception but not to bu lied straight up about something just to git it even more hype. I also read that kojima is trying to appeal to cod fans so moment i read that i figure game is prob dead but lets see if he can prove me wrong.

Wensea10
Wensea10

Let us hope that this new voice ctor will do his part...

Ken1path
Ken1path

no that's not what i'm saying, but suppose you didn't know either of the two actors ages you mean to tell me that David Hayter looks older than Sutherland. The fact of the matter is that technology is aimed at accuracy take LA Noire or even Heavy Rain more or less the same type of tech but you can't just go in and change someone's voice on the fly and expected to work. Botox or not Sutherland still looks older so the facial wrinkle animations will look more accurate on a older looking face. I'm not necessarily that Sutherland is betterr is better but for a new MGS with new tech behind it that's aimed at accurately re-creating facial animations on a male character in his late 40s I'd rather see Hayter play snake instead of big boss.

steviegthekop
steviegthekop

Come in David?  David are you okay?! Daaaaaaaavidd!!!!

Glasscut32
Glasscut32

Okay so he changed the voice. So what that does not mean that the game will not be a good game.. 

madmartigan117
madmartigan117

I don't even play Metal Gear Solid games, but I do like popcorn. 

RFT-23
RFT-23

It is his video game. He can do whatever he wants to do with it. Do we all know better than him? No. Some of the comments here are so disturbing that it can be said that those people are not worthy of being called MGS fans. Hey, Im not saying it was a good decision but that does not mean you can verbally abuse him. Remorse, but at the same time show some respect to the person who has given us the opportunity to experience this divine video game. We all will sadly miss Hayter but for now, lets see what Kiefer has to offer.  

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

I still think in the Ground Zeroes part, Hayter will be the voice of Big Boss up until he falls into the long coma. After the coma his voice will change. Many people have to re-learn how to speak after being in a coma for so long. That's just my 2 cents.

ashyblood
ashyblood

I'm completely lost in the MGS world now. I started playing in the 90's with the Playstation Metal Gear Solid title. I remember from the instruction booklet that there was a character by the name of "Big Boss" who is basically the original Snake, that Solid and Liquid were cloned from. He had an eye-patch. According to some speculation, Kiefer Sutherland is playing Big Boss, who some people refer to as Naked Snake. I suppose they didn't go into that much detail to avoid confusing people with the news. I've only played Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2, not 3 or 4, and Big Boss was not in either of them. I'm guessing Big Boss was in either the 3rd or 4th games, or both. Correct me if I'm wrong. This news makes me want to catch up in the world of Metal Gear Solid.

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

David Hayter was crap anyways, I don't know a single person who liked his voice as Snake in real life. All my friends just said it sounded too over dramatic, my G/F would never let me play  any Metal Gear game when she was round because his voice would annoy her. 

I'm glad, maybe I'll be able to play a Metal Gear game throughout now without wanting to stab my ears until the only thing I can hear is my sweet sweet tinnitus.

Fia1
Fia1

hayter kicked in the crotch it was much expected from kojima

Kagemusha213
Kagemusha213

seems like not everyone likes kojima's decision for keifer. "looks like the new blood has been rejected...- The Pain. 

lol ill wait until i see more footage of keifer's voice in an actual mgs cutscene or gameplay before jumping to any conclusions about whether he is or isnt a good fit for big boss (naked snake).


elefantas21
elefantas21

KOJIMAFAG I HOPE YOU LL BURN IN HELL

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

What's up with these Japanese developers? They produced AAA games during the 80's and 90's and now it just seems like they're fowling-up. Dumbing down their games and chasing after the American Market.

Namco screwed up Ace Combat with quick time events, Capcom with RE COD Edition and Konami amputated the Metroidvania from Castelvania. Now what's this with MGS? What happened to Sega and the rest of these guys? How hard can it be to improve on a winning formula? 

darkteddi
darkteddi

David Hayter is and always be Solid Snake for me. But again, this isn't Solid Snake in MGSV. It's Snake as in Naked Snake/BigBoss. So I'm fine with the change.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

A good choice but I'm thinking Michael Biehn (Terminator, Abyss, Aliens) would have been a good choice as well. The core importance is the game and I have no worries.

garysingh34
garysingh34

For fuck sake, why does everyone think they know better than Kojima about his own damn game? If he wants to use Sutherland, then he can because that's his choice. We will be the judges when the games released as to whether it was a good call. Stop acting like you should be allowed to influence Kojima's decisions!

firebert5
firebert5

While I question the legitimacy of Kojima's "official" reason for choosing a new voice actor instead of Hayter, if anyone is going to do a good job in his place, it will be Sutherland. Of course I could be wrong. Kojima did give us Raiden after all. 

ApatheticClone
ApatheticClone

I'll never understand people saying they won't get this BECAUSE Hayter isn't voicing BB -- let's ignore the other hallmarks of the franchise, shall we?

Seriously though, to me, this means that Solid Snake is likely to have a role of some importance here, and that Hayter will be back to fill that role. I won't be surprised either way, but expect Kojima, again, to pull another fast one on us.

LtJef
LtJef

He would make a better Sam Fisher than Snake. 

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

After all Metal Gear was getting kind of old. It's about time we had a kick ass 24 Game. -Sarcasm. 

SlickMajestic
SlickMajestic

Ever since MGS3, I have lost interest quickly in this series - basically to the point where I skip by most MG related articles. I loved MGS1 and MGS2. I wasn't thrilled with MGS3 going back in time, but it turned out to be a great game. MGS4 had good gameplay, but the story was terrible and 80% of the elements felt like cop-outs to tie loose ends. Between 2-4 there's been about a million handheld releases which I could care less about. I had no interest in MG Rising. I'm having zero interest in this installment, especially with Keifer Sutherland being cast as Snake's voice. I don't know - this series just doesn't do it for me anymore. It jumped the shark a ways back, I think at least.