There’s no shortage of excitement surrounding the announcement of the latest game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. A trailer and gameplay video left fans salivating for more, but something that was missing was the voice of Snake himself, David Hayter. The man who voices Snake has become as legendary as the character he portrays, but now it seems that David Hayter will not be reprising his role in Metal Gear Solid V. Why? It’s not clear. Yet.
Hayter took to Twitter and posted this:
Well look,At least I had a good run.
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) March 27, 2013
Not long after that someone asked Hayter if he had even been asked to reprise his role, to which he replied, “Nope.”
Other people were a little suspicious, though, citing that Hayter didn’t actually say he wouldn’t be voicing Snake, and that people were merely leaping to that conclusion. Could it all just be another of Kojima’s games?
However, Geoff Keighley, best known as the host of Spike TV’s GTTV, issued a Tweet saying that he’d just sat down and done an interview with Kojima, in which he confirms no Hayter for Metal Gear Solid V:
Fun 1 hour interview with @hideo_kojima_en. Will have it online later this week. He confirmed no Hayter for MGS5 and a lot of other things.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 28, 2013
People responded by asking if Kojima explained why Hayter won’t be involved. Geoff replied that yes, Kojima did explain himself, and that he’d let the interview speak for itself.
So it seems pretty certain that Hayter won’t be involved, which has lead a lot of people to declare they won’t buy the game if the iconic voice isn’t in it. That seems like an extreme reaction, but then Metal Gear Solid has passionate fans.
We’ll find out Kojima’s reasons soon enough.