Metal Gear Solid V has fans of the series pretty excited, but there has been one niggling issue that many have wondered about: who would play Snake? David Hayter, who has played the character since the beginning, confirmed early on that he would not be returning which caused quite a bit of drama. Today, we finally got an official answer from Konami and found out that Snake will be voiced by the star of the hit series 24, Kiefer Sutherland. The announcement comes via Konami’s Pre-E3 Press Conference, where Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima gave his reasons for the switch.
“I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance,” said Kojima. “The game takes place in 1984, when Snake is forty-nine years old. We needed someone who could genuinely convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late forties.” Sutherland seems very excited to play the character and did both the voice acting and motion capture for his performance. “It’s an honor to be able to play this character,” he said. “There’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to.”
The 47 year old award-winning actor will likely do just fine in the role, but I will still miss David Hayter’s iconic voice and I know I won’t be the only one. I have a sneaking suspicion that Hayter will appear in the game in some capacity and surprise us, but for now I will accept Kojima’s decision and continue to eagerly await Metal Gear Solid V.