I'm not saying I feel sorry for David Hayter, former voice of Solid Snake. It's hard to really feel sorry for a guy with a successful career as a voiceover artist and screenwriter — we're talking about the guy who wrote my favourite comic book movie ever, X-Men 2, here. That being said, maybe we should stop asking him about Metal Gear Solid V for a while...
Guys, For the millionth — and last — time. I am not in Metal Gear V. In any way. At all. No joke. Just not. True story. Best, DH
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) June 23, 2014
Ever since Hideo Kojima announced that he had hired Kiefer Sutherland to voice Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V, a certain subset of fans have assumed that Kojima is just up to his old tricks again. 'Oh, Kojima you wily old troll.' 'It's all just a big ruse.'
See, here's the thing — a vast majority of fans love David Hayter's performance of Snake/Big Boss. His performance holds a special place in their hearts. The fact that he's being replaced by Kiefer Sutherland — someone who appears to have their own, 'unique' version of Snake — is a disaster for some. They want to believe. They want to believe that the old Snake is coming back, that Hayter has already done voiceover work and this is just another massive Koji-troll.
I think it might be time to let that one go to rest. Time to accept that Hayter will not be a part of Metal Gear Solid V.
Just justify it like me: Metal Gear Solid V stars Big Boss as the protagonist, not Solid Snake. Sure, Hayter voiced Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3, but Kojima had someone completely different voice Big Boss in his brief appearance in Metal Gear Solid 4. I see the Kiefer deviation as just that — a deviation for this specific game, for this specific character. If Kojima decides to do another game starring Solid Snake, maybe Kojima will bring Hayter back but, for now? It's over guys. Leave David Hayter alone!