Well this I can honestly say I did not see coming. Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch) is set to be the voice of Snake aka Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid. Voice actor and screen writer David Hayter voiced both Solid Snake and a young Big Boss since 1998’s Metal Gear Solid. Fans were understandably upset to hear that he was not returning. Some (including myself) even hoped that it was just a big ruse by series creator and known prankster, Hideo Kojima. David Hayter even teased us on his possible return via twitter. Alas at Konami’s pre-E3 conference, it was revealed that Sutherland will take the lead on this one.
“I wanted Snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice rather than words,” Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima said. “Furthermore, the game takes place in 1984 when Snake is 49 years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It’s different from anything we’ve done before.”
“It’s an honor to be able to play this character,” Sutherland said. “This character has an unbelievable legacy. There’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to. I’m not a gamer, and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games, the unbelievable success of these games.”
Sutherland is a talented actor and a very notable one at that. So if Hayter had to be replaced, Kiefer is definitely the man for the job. However, I’m still holding out that there is some method to Hideo Kojima’s madness, and it will still include Hayter. Hopefully we will find out at E3 the earliest or when the game is released.