Kojima Explains Why Snake Has a New Voice Actor in ‘Metal Gear Solid 5′

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It took a while, but Hideo Kojima and Konami have finally given up The Phantom Pain charade — confirming that the alleged game by Moby Dick Studios was actually Metal Gear Solid 5 all along. During a presentation at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, franchise creator Hideo Kojima finally confirmed what everyone knew, and also stated that the previously announced Metal Gear Solid: Grounds Zeroes will be acting as a prologue to MGS5.

With two new games in the franchise officially confirmed, there isn’t any foreseeable shortage of content for MGS fans to look forward to. That said, the means in which Kojima teased Metal Gear Solid 5 is rather odd and likely left many wondering why they’d go through the effort of creating a fake studio in the first place. As is evident by the amount of buzz the stunt generated, Kojima says it was all to build up hype for the impending game.

According to the legendary game designer in an interview with GameTrailers, Konami and Geoff Keighley worked together and planned the viral marketing campaign for two years with the sole intention of doing “something to really energize the community.” Intentionally leaving clues as to what series The Phantom Pain was tied to, the developer really wanted gamers to analyze the trailer — not only so they’d begin to speculate — but to better “evaluate the FOX Engine” that the title utilizes.

Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain screenshots

With the viral marketing shenanigan coming to an end, another issue arose that dedicated fans immediately called to attention: the replacement of David Hayter. Hayter had been doing the vocals for Metal Gear Solid‘s protagonist, Snake, ever since the franchise was rebooted on the original PlayStation, and his absence became immediately apparent once the character spoke in the Metal Gear Solid 5 reveal trailer.

Kojima defended the choice to not ask Hayter to return for the role, claiming that this is “a new type of Metal Gear game.”

“It will be a new person, I can’t say who yet. What we’re trying to accomplish is to recreate the Metal Gear series. It’s a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”

There’s no lack of change coming with the next pair of MGS titles, but both look as if they’ll still provide new stories that tie well into the pre-exsisting cannon; all while taking the series to some new places. The lack of Hayter may sting for longtime followers, but there’s no question that gamers are still eagerly anticipating the arrival of both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

There’s no indication on when either aforementioned title will hit store shelves, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more information as it becomes available.

Do you think the viral marketing for The Phantom Pain worked well? Are you bummed by the absence of David Hayter?

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Source: GameTrailers (via Joystiq)

TAGS: Kojima Productions, Konami, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 5, PS3, PS4, The Phantom Pain, Xbox 360

  • http://gamerant.com/metal-gear-solid-5-no-david-hayter/ Sean

    I have played the metal gear series since nintendo. In metal gear solid when I heard David Hayter I instantly thought THIS GUY’S VOICE IS PERFECT FOR SNAKE! His voice was the very essence of snake. And at the end of Metal Gear Solid when meryle ask’s what’s your real name? And he replys just call me David. Perfect set up. For them to replace him with another (unknown) voice actor. They replaced snake. I honestly don’t think this game’s worth buying. You ruined a great game.

  • Fred Felix

    Playing the first mg as a kid is something I will never forget.the story was great, the game over all was great, but the thing that topped it off was the voice the original snake!.hearing david in every game was the best I mean who didn’t want to sound like snake!.this new voice just killed me inside I don’t enjoy playing mgs5, I have to play with the t.v. muted just so I don’t hear this new voice.I have nothing against him it’s just that david is our man and alwayswill be.im sorry kojima , but you ruined it for me and will be probably won’t buy the new mgs5.should have just stopped at mgs4, just stop before you make the game any worse I rather you end it than keep going on and killing it for the fans.

  • scott

    What I had hoped for was a way they could bring back the snake I played since its very beginning. Somehow they come up with a cure for snake and he continues to be a bad ass with current real time action with current events. In the gaming world anything is possible. Just a thought. David Hayter is the man. Kiefer, you have big shoes to fill, nothing against your talent as an actor but loyalty pays.