To many long-time, dedicated fans of the franchise, it doesn't make much sense.
As most of us know, David Hayter will not be reprising his legendary role as Solid Snake in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain . Instead, Kojima and Co. have selected accomplished actor Kiefer Sutherland to play the part. Debi Mae West, the voice actress for Meryl Silverburgh in the franchise in question, doesn't understand this.
In a recent Up At Noon segment on IGN, West had only one question when she learned that Hayter wouldn't be playing Snake: "What the fu** is going on?" We've heard lots of people say that.
"I had no idea. I don’t get it. Honestly, I don’t know if anyone knows this story but when we did the first Metal Gear, they were going to re-record it and David actually asked for some money because he deserved it. We all deserved it and they didn’t want to pay us any more than the regular voice over rate. He challenged them to match his voice and they couldn’t. And that’s the thing – he is that character. So I don’t understand…is Kiefer gonna try to sound like him…I mean, I get that their voices are in a very similar place…"
We're not sure how it's going to work, either. We certainly respect Sutherland and he can probably do a damn fine job, but when one actor plays a certain role for 15 years, it's tough to work in another voice. Do you think Hayter should've returned, or are you okay with a new actor taking the part? Me, I'm not sure just yet…
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain