MGS5 Loses David Hayter? Snake Voice Actor Says He ‘Wasn’t Asked’

Is David Hayter returning to voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5?

So we now know that The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear: Ground Zeroes are both actually just Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. We only have one other question. Okay, we have dozens of questions, but one immediate one. Is David Hayter returning to voice Snake/Big Boss, a role he’s held (in some variation) since 1998?

Sadly, no.

Today’s Metal Gear Solid 5 trailer didn’t have a lot of talking from Snake, but what little of the voice we did hear sounded less like Snake and more like … Kiefer Sutherland. Hold on, the “Ishmael” character who helps him out sounds like Kiefer Sutherland too. So many questions.

But one that seems to have a definitive “no” answer is the question of Hayter’s return to the series.

Hayter first sparked speculation that he wouldn’t be returning to the Metal Gear franchise earlier in March when he asked fans how they’d feel if he dropped out on his Twitter account. After the new MGS5 footage debuted today, Hayter’s tweets seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t be returning after all, and that he wasn’t even asked to.

Now Hideo Kojima, the man behind the Metal Gear franchise, is a huge fan of misdirection and red-herrings. Phantom Pain/Joakim Mogren/Moby Dick Studios, anyone? So maybe Hayter wasn’t even asked because it’s just understood that he’s the voice of Snake and Big Boss.

Also, the game is probably still too early in development for casting to be decided anyway. They have to dub the whole thing in Japanese and English, you know. But why wouldn’t they call Hayter to do a quick dub for the trailer footage?

It is kind of disturbing for Metal Gear fans.

What do you think? Can you imagine Snake or Big Boss without the voice of David Hayter? Maybe fans will start a campaign to get him in the game. Send us your theories on Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain below.

If it’s true, and David Hayter isn’t returning, I think Metal Gear fans should all let out a respectful “SNAAAAAKE!”

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