David Hayter: To hear another Snake 'makes me a little ill' - Gematsu
David Hayter: To hear another Snake ‘makes me a little ill’
posted on 04.01.13 at 05:23 PM EST by (@salromano)
"If it were my choice, I would do this role forever."

David Hayter, who lends his voice to Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series, is discontent with his not playing Snake in the recently announced Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

“To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest,” he said on Twitter. “If it were my choice, I would do this role forever.”

Hayter previously said he was never contacted by Konami about the new title. Series creator Hideo Kojima said this is because “it’s a new type of Metal Gear game,” and that newness should be “reflected in the voice actor,” as well.

“I didn’t want anybody to think that I was intentionally abandoning them,” Hayter added. “And know that I will miss this job, and this character, very much.

“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.”

Read Hayer’s full statement here.

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  • Shadow

    Doesn’t make just him ill either.

  • If Kojima really has decided to move on without Hayter — I think fan feedback could change his mind. It’s hard for me to picture Snake talking in my mind without Hayter’s voice. I’d like to see him return, especially since he wants to continue the role.

    If it doesn’t work out, I’m not going to stop playing Metal Gear or anything like that. I’ll have to get used to a new voice, but I love the series too much… I can’t just abandon it, even if Snake doesn’t have that same iconic voice.

  • Hatsuaki

    I was really shocked when I heard David Hayter wasn’t going to voice Snake in this game, and honestly, I don’t know why the changes need to be seen on the voice acting as well. It’s still the same character, and I’m sure Hayter could pull off a different voice if Big Boss’ personality did change in the game.

    I died a little on the inside. David Hayter will always be the best Snake.

  • MrRobbyM

    I get it. I really do. New type of MG game, Big Boss needing to sound closer to his MGS4 voice. Though they really shoulda let David know, ya know? The guy has only been lending his voice to the series since the PS1 era. David is a video game icon. A little warning or talking over would have been appropriate.

    Going to give the new Snake voice a chance of course, but Snake will never be Snake without David’s voice acting.

  • rockman29

    Screw you Kojima!!!!!!!!

    This guy paid to get voices on Twin Snakes! What a jerk you Japanese guys are!

    What did Hayter do to you???????

    Why is the VA for the Japan voice the same as before??????????

    Liar Kojima! Unsatisfied with this answer!

    • Koatl

      Wow, same Japanese voice actor? Is that true? If so then Kojima’s logic is far more than retarded.

    • rockman29

      Bahaha pansies can’t get mad about Japanese aristocracy… get over it! Not all of Japanese business culture is good! Especially how opaque the culture is about taboos and such!

    • Ritsujun

      You shouldn’t touch Japanese games then.

      • rockman29

        haha just praise your japanese overlords :)

  • I think that is a terrible decision on Konami’s part. Its just like movies. I hate it when they change up roles for somebody new in sequels. It makes it so apparent that its fictional (if that is understandable). Anyway, I don’t see how a new voice is going to make it any new, especially when Snake looks the same as in MGS4.

    • MrRobbyM

      You know this isn’t Solid Snake and in fact Big Boss, right?

  • Koatl

    The only way “”it’s a new type of Metal Gear game,” and that newness should be “reflected in the voice actor,”” makes any sense is if it’s also a new Snake, or Snake got a new voice in-game. Barring that, Kojima’s logic is retarded.

  • haru

    people check the date, April 1, 2013

  • xMCXx

    Kojima doesn’t seem to know how much everyone loves Hayter’s Snake voice.
    And this “new type of Metal Gear”-thing doesn’t make sense, since the Japanese VA apparently stays.

    • Fantasytales

      what…same Japanese VA… then whats the point, than the reason that Kojima stated make no god damn sense!!!

      • Shadow

        If the two hated each other it would make perfect sense.

        • Marco Tinè

          No proof about it being the case, fortunately enough…

      • I was thinking that Japan usually relies on VAs to sell… Well that’s how Anime and Visual Novels sell to my understanding….

        Compared to the West… Well, they wanted Hollywood to do it instead…

  • Josh

    I guess they don’t remember all the outrage with ubisoft and splinter cell. Won’t change anything but still.

  • its doesnt make any sence to change his voice unless its a new clone.if its soild snake or big boss its the same dam character david did the voice for . i feel they rip poor david off

    • nyobzoo

      he didn’t do the voice for both Solid Snake and Big Boss in MGS4

      • MrRobbyM

        He did in fact do Solid Snake’s voice in MGS4

      • Shadow

        If that’s the case then Big Boss’s new voice actor is Richard Doyle, which it doesn’t seem to be.

  • MrRobbyM

    Okay. Maybe this i some kind of weird, early April Fools joke?? Right???

  • Fantasytales

    It’s going to be weird hearing any other voice on snake, but I love the series to much to have that affect me. I just hope it’s just one of those jokes being played on us by kojima n David. Please let be that lol!

  • Welcome to the real world, Hayter. Things change.

    • Ritsujun

      Yup, he acts like a sissy.

      • Says the person who probably hasn’t been in a situation where they have had the same job for over 10 years and have been given the boot, despite doing a damn good job. Yeah. Let’s see you put on his shoes, then still say he’s acting like a sissy.

    • Good. I hope you remember this when you are forced to move from your home due to circumstances out of your control or you’re fired from your job, despite doing it well. Don’t complain, Greg.

      Just say, “Welcome to the real world, Greg. Things change.” I think there’s a bit more to it than that.

      • It’s a contract. When your contract is over, you’re done working there. You might get another new contract some day, but personally I would never count on it until the document is in my hands. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (he hasn’t, it seems). Everyone thought MGS4 was going to be the last game, I’m sure Hayter thought that for a time as well. Big Boss was even played by a different voice actor in that game. And if I ever have to move from my home or was let go from my job (which isn’t even the same thing), I’m not going to try to get the internet to back me up and pour my heart out online. Sorry for putting things on the blunt end of the spectrum for you.

        • Well, maybe if that contract had been offered to him for this role, then your post would make sense. However, he wasn’t even contacted it seems. If you don’t think it’s a little odd that he was taken out of the spotlight as Snake, despite playing him for over 10 years, then I don’t know what to tell you, man.

          • Not sure what you’re talking about anymore, TetsuyaHikari. Have a good one.

  • Anime10121

    MGSV: Gonna seem so weird :(

    Still gonna get, but man am I gonna miss Hayter :(

  • Gigus

    I would have been ok if he said that he wanted to differentiate the voices between Solid Snake and Big Boss. Sadly, Kojima had a different reason.

  • Bloodios

    The question is why can’t Kojima reveal the name of the voice actor who is going to replace Hayter…

    Maybe it’s Troy Baker?!

    • new_tradition

      I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. That guy is in everything lately, lol.

    • Or Nolan North….

      What? It could happen… (-__-)

  • Didn’t he say no

  • PrinceHeir

    i really can’t believe alot of people fall for it.

    i mean really??

    just look at the beginning and the end where he emphasize the date.

    as for keeping the same VA. i don’t really want to explain it a thousand times so im just gonna put this here



    this is just a ploy to fool you, and even if it turns out true you can blame Konami US on that and not Kojima.

    • Elvick

      Explain the logic in doing this for one region and not them all.

      • PrinceHeir

        because Kojima handles the voice recording in japan himself.

        he doesn’t handle the voice recording outside of japan for starters.

        that’s Konami US(or EU) that does the localization outside.

        also you do know Konami US/EU also cuts content or alters the translation(La Li Lu Le Lo scene in MGS3)

        can thank Jeremy Blaustein and the localization girl from MGS1 for that.

        this is why you’ll never have the full version.

        for some reason companies love to edit things out or use their own understanding of it, instead of letting the players decide what kojima wants to point out.

        we also don’t know the reason, so people are jumping to conclusion and blaming kojima out of nowhere.

        it could be another grand scheme of things, could be konami US wanted new change, Kojima didn’t like english? who knows??

        that’s why people should wait, heck if this is another ploy by konami US, then you’ll all laugh it out in the end.

        im also surprised we haven’t seen these outrage, when Liquid Snake wasn’t voiced by Cam Clarke in MGS4 anymore.

        i mean i prefer his voice(love his brithis accent) than Ocelot(he is indeed controlling him, or at least copying him)

        should have rehired him Konami US.

        i would start worrying if japanese cast indeed had a new cast just like the upcoming Ghost in the Shell Arise.

        i know how it feels to get replace by your favorite VA.

        i would be pissed too if Akio doesn’t voice snake in the japanese version.

        so i’ll just wait this out.

        i too want David Hayter just for consistency purposes.

  • dior

    I’ve never played a MGS game (all the way through at least) and even I feel sick about this since I plan on getting MGSV. Hopefully they get someone good, someone fitting. coughstevenblum

  • Yeah, this doesn’t make much sense… I mean, Kojima seems to like the JP VA for Snake on a personal level, which honestly makes me believe this is why he is sticking around for the role. The only time a role should be changed in a long running franchise is if the VA is unable to continue said role because it could cause permanent damage to his vocal chords or if that VA is dead. THAT’S when you start looking for a replacement.

    It’s obvious David Hayter wants to keep going with it. He’s practically the embodiment of the Snake we have all known to grow and love with the series over the years, so it will be very to play one without hearing him. Hell, he’s even a household name in Japan for Metal Gear fans. He’s such a big part of the series and I really thought David Hayter and Hideo Kojima liked each other on a personal level so they would do everything it takes to keep David Hayter since he’s the glue that holds Metal Gear together in North America.

    Well, if you’re going to go for an “all new” experience, Kojima, let’s get some new faces behind the music now while we’re at it. Ugh. There’s an old saying I’m sure we’re all familiar with at this point and I believe it applies here, especially.

    “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • I’m gonna miss David’s voice… :(

    And it still makes no sense on why the Japanese VA is still reprising the role either…

  • Elrodyn

    it’s either : 1st of April joke…or Konami’s really screwed up.

  • This is hard to take i grew up on MGS with Hayter
    so this is going to take so time to get use to T^T

  • Rohman Aditya ‘Zamboze’ Dharma

    i’ll miss hayter snake voice…
    but to be honest, i’m still not sure that hayter is not take part on metal gear solid V… even after this statement. especially after i saw on the bottom line “april 1, 2013” maybe it’s one of their joke/prank, and maybe hayter will end up take part, like voicing the young solid snake. even if he’s only showed on after credit special cutscene. maybe, who knows…

    Kojima is a smart guy, i don’t think he will just dump hayter like that, except they have internal problem…

  • Ace


  • xMCXx

    That Hayter said this on April 1st makes me suspicious, though.
    Damn this day to hell! I can’t trust anyone on April 1st!

  • Kobracon


  • Tetsu

    Ok so Snake’s name in the game is even DAVID. They better….they better let him have his role back!

  • Kurisu Makise

    Isn’t this around the timeline when he’s supposed to sound like Big Boss? If so it seems reasonable to me, though is the Japanese VA Big Boss as well or =o?

  • kairock

    if this is true and not an april fool’s prank, then i’ve lost all interested in mgsv and its universe.

  • zopheria

    There’s Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain… Akio Otsuka (Japanese VA) was heard in the Ground Zeroes trailer, which makes sense as it is shortly after Peace Walker. All this talk about David Hayter not being in this stems from The Phantom Pain portion of MGSV right? What about Ground Zeroes? I find it plausible that Hayter will be in that, just as Otsuka is. But Hayter mentions MGSV as a whole, so that adds to the confusion.

    We haven’t heard Japanese voices in The Phantom Pain trailers yet, so we don’t know if Otsuka reprises his role there. I think that’s where people are getting confused because there is two parts to this game. Nine years from Ground Zeroes is a long time, so it’s likely a new voice is needed for the transition.

    Or this could be a ruse as per Kojima standard. :) And I noticed something in Hayter’s statement. He mentions nine games from 1998. I counted them (I assume he’s referring to the games he voiced), but came up with 7, including Twin Snakes. Unless he’s also referring to MGS2: Substance and MGS3: Subsistence as separate games…

  • FreesunQuatro

    I call this April’s Fools. Heck it sounds a little unprofessional for Hayter to write this or KojimaPro not even contacting him.

  • xxx128

    Not a big MG fan but i greatly prefer the japanese voice over hayter’s anyway. This hayter guy doesnt seem to realise that he already IS “another snake”.

  • FreesunQuatro

    Suspicious things.


    Hayter, do you remember that after “Gear” and before “V” we use “Solid” right?

    “April 1, 2013”

    Why did Hayter write this? The twitter automatically writes the dates. Why do we need so much emphasis on April 1?

  • Jaylesse

    No David Hayter? No buy.
    …okay, I’m lying. I’m pretty excited for this title. Can’t wait :P

  • BigDix

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