Now former Naked and Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter took to Twitter today to comment on his absence in Metal Gear Solid 5.
“I have been up in Toronto, for the past eight months, directing my first film,” Hayter wrote. “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 goes on to say. “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.”
While speaking to GameTrailers recently, Kojima explained that his goal with MGS5 is to “accomplish here is to recreate the Metal Gear Series,” said Kojima. “It’s a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”