The next instalment in Kojima’s long-running, epic espionage/action series Metal Gear Solid has caused quite a stir with the news that fan-favourite David Hayter will not be returning to reprise his role as the iconic Snake character. The man fulfilling this role has a huge reputation to live up to, and a large angry fanbase to answer for. It’s fortunate, then, that Kojima has at least selected a very experienced actor.
Kiefer Sutherland, best known for playing Jack Bauer in TV series 24, will be voicing Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s important to note that Sutherland will be playing Big Boss Snake, not Solid Snake. During the Konami press conference, Kojima stated that the game is set in 1984, and since Snake is 49 years old, an older voice for the role is required.
I’m pretty satisfied with this decision, as I could see Sutherland’s gruff tones could work well with Big Boss’ old yet badass demeanor. I’m sure the controversy will ramp up again after this announcement, but Big Boss in MGS4 had a different voice actor–and since Sutherland isn’t voicing Solid Snake, it’s still possible Hayter can come back when his character is needed.