David Hayter says farewell to the Metal Gear series

david_hayter_headerLast month, news broke out that long time Snake voice actor David Hayter would not be in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V. The news shocked and stunned many fans who have become quite fond of Hayter’s portrayal of the series main protagonist. In reaction to Hayter’s announcement, fans banded together to create a petition to get David back where he rightfully belonged. With Kojima confirming fans’ worst fears, it seems like it would be the end of era in Metal Gear.

Earlier this month, David released a very long tweet summarizing the events that led to his discovery that he would not be needed for Metal Gear Solid V. In the lengthy post Hayter talks about his time in the series and thanks fans for the love of his work on the series.


By: David Hayter

So, here’s a recap of events:

I have been up in Toronto, for the past eight months, directing my first film, (WOLVES — 2013, TF1/COPPERHEART). On the December break, I came home to Los Angeles for the holidays. I heard then, that recording sessions for MG:V were being put together.

But I didn’t hear anything about whether I’d be needed or not.

So, I got in touch with someone involved in the production. 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.

I drove home through Laurel Canyon, bummed, and thinking about Snake.

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.

In 1998, I tried to do come up with a voice which epitomized the kind of worn, put-upon, genetically-engineered clone-soldier that I saw Snake to be. Over time, as the games became more stunning and visually sophisticated, I tried to transition that initial voice into the increasingly real environments in which Snake found himself. My level of success is up to you, but any perceived deficiencies were not for lack of hard work. I have dedicated a huge amount of time and effort into creating a compelling character, capable of expressing the myriad emotional, physical and psychological hurdles that Snake has to face.

Anyway, now it’s been fifteen years, nine games, and an enormous blast to undertake.

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

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.

And I’ll get by. I am not lacking for employment on any level.

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.

My best wishes to you all,

David Hayter

Many believe that this could all just be Kojima trolling fans, like he has been known to do in the past. If he is, they are certainly going to far lengths to deceive fans. My instincts tell me that all will be revealed once the curtain goes up on the big show at E3.

If you haven’t signed the petition already, visit the link below:

Kojima Productions: Bring Back David Hayter as the voice actor for Snake In MGS V

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