Yesterday, news broke that David Hayter—the man who’s been the voice of Solid Snake in all the English language releases of the storied Metal Gear Solid games—wouldn’t be coming back to reprise the role. Worse still, Hayter said that he wasn’t even asked to return. Last night, during a televised interview on GameTrailers, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that a new voice actor will be playing the main character of Metal Gear Solid V.
Talking to host Geoff Keighley, Kojima said the following: “What we’re trying to accomplish is [to] recreate the Metal Gear series. It’s a new type of Metal Gear game and we wanted to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.” When Keighley asked about who would be doing the main character's voice, Kojima said he couldn't say at this time.
With this confirmation, Hayter’s exit appears to confirm that this is a creative decision and not part of any promotional misdirection from Kojima. Fan disappointment at the prospect of a Hayter-less Metal Gear has sparked a petition demanding the return of the actor/screenwriter to Metal Gear. But, with the game production already underway, getting Hayter back into the recording booth seems increasingly unlikely. And if Kojima’s pulling another trick on the fans, he’s going pretty far with this one. The full GameTrailers interview is below.