Is David Hayter’s Metal Gear Solid V Absence A Prank?10 By Jason Matthew
Is this all an elaborate April Fools prank? Or will David Hayter truly not be reprising his role as Snake in Metal Gear Solid V?
Recently, David Hayter announced the unthinkable- after 15+ years of voicing one of gaming’s most iconic heroes, he would be replaced as the voice of Snake for Metal Gear Solid V. Ever since the announcement, I’ve personally felt that this may all be another elaborate ruse by Hideo Kojima – he’s very well known for his pranks and red herrings, as proven by the recent The Phantom Pain/ Moby Dick Studios fiasco. I’ve been pondering for some time as to whether Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (now revealed to be a part of Metal Gear Solid V) would lead into a Metal Gear remake- with both Solid Snake and Big Boss taking center stage.
Now, he’s written an official statement about why he was not asked to come back, and how it was not his decision. Remember guys: it’s April 1st. Why would he choose today of all days to make such a statement? Here’s our theory: in the Metal Gear Solid V trailer released last week, you hear a woman say near the end, “V has come to.” How many clones of Big Boss have there been? If you count Big Boss/ Naked Snake as I, that would make Liquid and Solid Snake II and III. Solidus would be IV, leaving V to possibly be another Snake clone we don’t yet know about. Perhaps a new actor will be voicing Big Boss since he’s getting older, and David Hayter will be either reprising his role as a young Solid Snake or whoever V may be. What do you think?
Hayter explained via Twitter, “I have been up in Toronto, for the past eight months, directing my first film,” Hayter explained. “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.”
“It’s been fifteen years, nine games, and an enormous blast to undertake,” Hayter wrote. “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.”
One would hope that if this truly was the end for David Hayter’s Snake, Konami and Kojima would at least throw a party in his honor or something. Fifteen years and nine games is quite a pedigree to throw away with no explanation. You can read the full text of David’s statement here.