When the long time voice actor for Metal Gear Solid protagonist Snake, David Hayter, confirmed he wasn't in the new MGS title , fans were peeved.
Some were a little more than peeved. Sure, Hayter's replacement – one Kiefer Sutherland – is an accomplished actor and he ended up doing a great job, but franchise purists really missed Hayter. Now, the actor has spoken out about the situation and why he's not really the biggest fan of Hideo Kojima right now.
In a new Game Informer interview , Hayter said he'd spoken to one of the producers for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain , and he said "Konami was going in a different direction." Thing is, though, it apparently wasn't the first time they'd tried to replace Hayter:
"They tried to do that before, and it never worked. They tried to get voice matches, and it never happened."
In fact, the handwriting had been on the wall for a while, as it was never a given that Hayter would reprise his iconic lead role:
"I had to re-audition for Metal Gear 3 to play Naked Snake. They made me re-audition to play Old Snake, and the whole time, they were trying to find somebody else to do it. I heard that Kojima asked one of the producers on Metal Gear 3 to ask Kurt Russell if he would take over for that game. He didn't want to do it."
All that being said, Hayter says he cherishes the time he spent working with the series, even if he wishes the relationship hadn't ended on a sour note. He also has no "ill will" toward Sutherland and he simply says- "The whole thing could have been handled better and a little more respectfully, but I'm not going to cry about it."
If you're wondering, no, Hayter hasn't played MGSV, as that would be "60 hours of humiliation." Furthermore, he says he has "no particular love for Kojima" and isn't in a rush to work with him again. So even though Kojima is on his own now (he recently opened his own studio and forged a fresh partnership with Sony ), don't expect Hayter's voice to be in the MGS master's new project.