David Hayter talks about voicing (and not voicing) Snake in IGN interview

IGN conducted an interview with David Hayter on their show Up At Noon. You can check it out here, or in the player below. The show is hosted by Greg Miller, and the David Hayter part starts at about 7:55.

David Hayter talks about the fact that he isn’t in MGSV, once again stating that it’s Konami’s decision in the end, but he is disappointed he doesn’t get to voice Snake like he did for the past 15 years, and that he thinks it wasn’t a ‘terribly respectful way’ to let him go. He also says it isn’t a hoax, at least not as far as he knows.


Greg Miller also urged people to post a tweet about bringing back Hayter for the game, which can be seen around the 13:45 mark of the video.

Aside from this, he talks about how he came up with the voice of Snake when he was first introduced to the character, what the recording process is like, and other parts of his career, as a filmmaker and screenwriter.

Source: IGN

  • Ilja Y.

    David Hayter is a very kind person. Hope Kojima will call him back to the projecr.

    • Hirouakan

      I can only agree. Dont want to be a fanboy and all, but he pretty much deserves this role. Lets see what happens next…

      • Nyxus

        Yeah, and he really has heart for the series and for the character of Snake.


    agreed. he seems like a genuine guy who actually cares about the game and all the characters involved aside from Snake. this seems to be happening to other franchises. Spinter Cell: Blacklist has a new VA, apparently cuz Ironside’s contract is up. the new Batman Origins will also have a new VA, probably because it’s a prequel of sorts and maybe they want a VA with a younger voice. imagine Drake getting a new VA for the next Uncharted. i’m really rooting for Hayter to be called back to do MGSV.


  • Alex

    He’s either a really good liar, or they really didn’t give him any incite into their decision. I hope Koji Pro will at least one day have a meeting, phone call, anything to explain their process and why they decided to do that, confidentially or otherwise. Im sure he would feel much better about it all if he just understood why. He’d probably even be on board with it, being the fan he is, like us. They know he can keep secrets, so I dont know what the problem is. He would just say in interviews, “Its for a good reason I agree with, but I cant get into it or they’ll kill me.”

  • Alex

    But now that I think about it, if Geoff Keighley & Gametrailers can be in on Kojima’s sheningans for years, than so to could IGN o_O

  • I feel really sorry for him. Working 15 years on a project and he didn’t even have a change for a proper farewell.

  • Freesun4

    I hope at least Kojima explains why they are not letting him voice Big Boss.

  • FelixTheMatt

    David Hayter will still voice the Real Big Boss. The reason why there is a different actor voicing the “snake” in MGS 5 is because he is not the real Big Boss but might be in fact, Grey Fox, The Cyborg Ninja in MGS1. If you watch the trailer again, Ishmael, the man with a bandaged face, has the same voice as the new snake. That means he may have gotten a face surgery to look like big boss. Even Big Boss’ eye color is different in MGS 5 if you look closely

    • Nyxus

      I’m still not convinced. Besides, when the first art work of Raiden for Metal Gear Rising was shown, he had a different eye color (brown in stead of blue), so people said it wasn’t Raiden, but it turned out the be just a mistake. I still think this character is simply Big Boss.

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