As part of the leadup to E3 next week, Konami held a special pre-expo presentation online. While it wasn’t the only game discussed, all eyes were on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and its bombshell voice actor reveal.
The game’s GDC trailer, released earlier this year, contained a familiar voice, but many gamers didn’t put the pieces together.
With long-time series actor David Hayter officially out of the picture, series creator Hideo Kojima has confirmed that 24 actor and Lost Boy Kiefer Sutherland would be taking over the role as the new voice of Snake.
Why? Because he’s older, explains Kojima. The Phantom Pain will be set in 1984, many years after the earlier games, and Snake will be positively ancient at 49 years old. The team decided they needed a more mature voice actor, and Sutherland fit the bill.
Hayter – the veteran voice actor who has already played Snake at a number of different ages – took to Twitter to air his thoughts:
Can’t fault @RealKiefer. Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!
(…keep in mind that New Coke was a significant marketing failure, considered by many to be a ploy to promote the original cola flavoured beverage. Ahem.)
We don’t yet know when Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will launch, nor which platforms we’ll get it on – but we’re hoping to find out more soon.