David Hayter has confirmed that he was not asked to reprise his role as Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Since the debut trailer was released last week, many fans of the series have wondered why Hayter’s familiar voice was not included. And now the actor has taken to Twitter to explain.
I have been up in Toronto, for the past eight months, directing my first film…I came home to Los Angeles for the holidays. I heard then, that recording sessions for MG:V were being put together. But I didn’t hear anything about whether I’d be needed or not. So, I got in touch with someone involved in the production. We got together for lunch, and he told me that they “wouldn’t be needing me” on this game. No reason, or explanation was given beyond that.
To be clear, I love being a part of the world of Metal Gear. I admire its technological innovations, the gameplay, the political message of it all..it’s been fifteen years, nine games, and an enormous blast to undertake. If it were my choice, I would do this role forever. To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest.
But the truth is — it’s not my choice. Any and all casting decisions are the sole purview of Hideo Kojima, and Konami itself. And that’s fair. 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.
No release date has yet been given for the game.