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Apr 3rd

David Hayter Bids An Emotional Farewell To Metal Gear Solid

So Long, Snake

David Hayter, the voice of Metal Gear Solid‘s Big Boss and Snake, has bid farewell to fans of the series.

The voice actor hasn’t been asked to led his gravelly tones to Metal Gear Solid 5, marking the first time in 15 years Big Boss/Snake has been voiced by someone else.

“Last December I got in touch with someone involved in the production. We got together for lunch, and he told me that they ‘wouldn’t be needing me’ on [MGSV],” Hayter said on his Twitter feed.

“No reason or explanation was given beyond that. And that was it. I drove home through Laurel Canyon, bummed, and thinking about Snake.”

Hayter took a philosophical approach to being snubbed by Kojima Productions and Konami, and focused instead on thanking the fans for their enthusiasm and support over the years.

“To be clear, I love being a part of the world of Metal Gear. I admire its technological innovations, the gameplay, the political message of it all. But primarily, I love the fans of these games. Two grown men burst into tears upon meeting me at the Vancouver Fan Expo last year. Now that… is a rare and excellent role. You know you’re making an impact. And I love doing it.”

He added: “Now it’s been fifteen years, nine games, and an enormous blast to undertake. If it were my choice, I would do this role forever. To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest.”

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