In the past two months, Konami has had more press coverage than ever before, but not much of it has been positive. Most recently, the company’s sudden divorce with superstar game creator Hideo Kojima has led to the cancellation of big projects (like Silent Hills) and left many fans worried about the future of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Even before that upsetting news, loyal Metal Gear fans were already questioning Konami leadership when it was revealed that franchise voice actor David Hayter was being replaced by Kiefer Sutherland.
Many gamers have known Hayter as the voice of Snake since Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation 1, so the transition to Sutherland in last year’s Metal Gear Solid prequel marked the end of an era. Fans weren’t the only ones who were vocally unhappy with the change and we’ve seen a few jabs at Kojima and Konami from Hayter himself over the last year. The voice actor’s latest sarcastic remark came in the form of a tweet with an attached photo of the actor ready for some facial recognition filming.
The tweet was posted last night when Hayter decided to share with his followers that it “turns out I CAN do facial capture.”
The visual burn is a reference to a quote from Kojima that came in response to questions about the recasting. The game creator explained that in Metal Gear Solid 5 the team wanted Snake’s character to be defined by facial motions and tone, rather than just a voice. The explanation gave many fans the impression that Kojima and Konami did not have faith in Hayter’s acting chops beyond his voice skills. The actor has been a fan-favorite for years, so a lot of the community was very disappointed to hear the news, even if he was being replaced with the popular 24 veteran.
Although it is seems most likely that Hayter is just poking fun at his old employer for leaving him out, there is also a fan theory that his absence is actually a ruse. It does seem somewhat unprofessional to complain about being left out of the project on social media as often as Hayter has and this has led some of the community to believe that the actor will actually show up in a surprise role when the game arrives. Konami definitely has a history of pulling strange stunts (especially when it comes to the Metal Gear series), so we wouldn’t be surprised to find Hayter’s names somewhere in the credits come September.
What do you think about Hayter’s tweet? Do you think he’ll actually show up in the game? Let us know in the comments.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release on September 1st for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC version comes a bit later, releasing on September 15th worldwide.