Surely it was a joke? Another bizarre jape from Hideo Kojima. April 1 was pretty close, makes sense. Right? Right? But it's starting to truly sink in that David Hayter will not be voicing Solid Snake in the next Metal Gear game. That makes us sad, and it apparently makes Hayter a little upset as well.
Over the long weekend he took to Twitter, discussing the situation and some of his thoughts on being left out of the game.
"So, I got in touch with someone involved in the production," he wrote. "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.
"And that was it."
It seems a little unfair to a man who had a huge impact on defining precisely what the Snake character meant to a generation of gamers. In his post, Hayter discussed how much he enjoyed voicing Solid Snake, and how disappointed he is leaving the character behind.
"If it were my choice, I would do this role forever," he said. "To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest.
"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. But primarily, I love the fans of these games. Two grown men burst into tears upon meeting me at the Vancouver Fan Expo last year.
"Now that... Is a rare and excellent role. You know you’re making an impact.
"And I love doing it."
Hayter was insistent on letting everyone know that, while he is not "lacking for employment" it was not his decision to leave Snake behind.
"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," he explained.
"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."