Kiefer Sutherland will be playing Snake in MGSV, game will have very dark tone

Finally, it’s official. As some people already figured out, Kiefer Sutherland will be the new voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.


Kojima explained the game takes place in 1984, and Snake is now 49 years old. Because much is done with motion capture and performance capture this time around, Kojima followed the advice of Avi Arad and asked Kiefer Sutherland for the role. The actor accepted the offer, saying he despite not playing video games himself, knew about the famous series. For this game, Kojima wanted Snake’s emotions to be expressed through facial expression and vocal performance rather than words.


Kojima also stated the game will have some very heavy subjects, and a much darker tone than before. Kojima said:

“This time with Metal Gear Solid V the themes are a little different from previous games in the series. We’re taking on some very heavy subjects, such as race and revenge. This makes the tone much darker.”

  • o1striker

    Nope maybe at gttv later today

    • Ilja Y.

      when exatly? was so excited about a new trailer…

      • o1striker

        I really have no idea just that its suppose to be up today.
        yeah I was really excited for the trailer also just watched gdc’s again and if this trailer is half as good as that one it will be worth the wait. hopefully we don’t have to wait till next week.

        • o1striker

          Ok so it’s 11:00 p.m. today for me I’m mountain time.

      • Nyxus

        1AM in the US (not sure what time zone). So that’s Friday 7 in the morning in GMT + 1.

        • DK


          • Nyxus


            I believe that’s the episode with the Kojima interview.

          • DK

            Thanks! Let’s hope they show a trailer then.

          • Nyxus

            I wouldn’t count on it. It’s probably just the interview. Still interesting, of course.

          • Batzi

            Release date would be amazing!

          • PrinceHeir


            you’ll stay late night right? 😀

          • Nyxus

            No, I’ll just watch it tomorrow. It’s at 7AM for me. 😛

  • solidmatt

    I think the trailer might be for E3. Kiefer Sutherland as Snake is very disappointing.

  • solidmatt

    David Hayter Tweet:

    To my beloved Tweeps,

    I can’t thank you enough for all your support. Getting fired was never so heartwarming.

    You all rock,


    • Manifeld

      I cried a single tear as I read this. . .

  • Nyxus

    Yes, that was disappointing… But still, I like what they said.

  • MrVux007

    RIP David Hayter you will be missed 🙁 … for Kiefer Sutherland i haven’t heard his voice of Big Boss but i still think its huge mistake for him to be the voice of Snake…..

    • iSolidus

      The guy isn’t dead you know.

      • MrVux007

        lol….you completely misinterpreted my comment ….what i mean to say i will miss him in next MGS….is it clear for you now mate?

    • Anonymous

      Come on man he’s not dead haha

      • MrVux007

        wow there goes another one ….just because i wrote RIP doesn’t necessarily mean that its meant to be take seriously

  • PrinceHeir

    ” Kojima followed the advice of Avi Arad and asked Keifer Sutherland for the role. ”

    lol kojima listened to a worse advise ever.

    the problem i have with Kiefer Sutherland is that while i don’t mind him being Big Boss, does that mean they’ll have to bring him back in future games(specifically MG MSX Remakes)

    oh and i also remember Kiefer Sutherland is one of the highest paid actors in canada(at the time of 24) so Konami US has been paying a lot of money to him.

    im curious who will voice act Big Boss in the japanese version Phantom Pain.

    Akio already got the role in Ground Zero, so maybe his father Chikao Otsuka(like in MGS4)?

    in any case im fine with the japanese version, but wary about the english voice cast.

    especially as we get closer to the timeline of the remakes

    • o1striker

      I can understand getting a new voice actor for Big Boss cause they will probably eventually cross over each other(him and snake). but if they change the voice for solid snake that’s when I’d be pissed.

  • PrinceHeir

    also love the Snake Eater Tiger Strips came for Big Boss 😀

    new version huh? 🙂

    • CVC

      Could this mean… more sneaking in jungles… like MGS3…oh boy this …. THIS!

  • Enzo

    >very dark tone
    >race as a central theme

    oh my

  • Joseph

    Damn you Avi Arad! I doubt Sutherland even knew what the series was until he got hired and then was “keenly aware of the entire legacy and the unbelievable success of these games”

    • solidmatt

      Isn’t Avi Arad supposed to be involved with the MGS movie? This Keifer Sutherland garbage stinks of movie tie-in. Perhaps they are trying to get us used to Sutherland as Snake because he will be playing him in the movie. Why else hire someone so expensive for facial acting/voice acting. He really don’t need a Hollywood actor for that.

  • iSolidus

    Feels like my mom brought a new man in my house and is making me call him dad.

    • o1striker


    • the-collector-18

      Lol. Great analogy

  • Joseph

    I mean c’mon, not even Richard Doyle?

    I would’ve loved his voice as Big Boss

  • Flameeater

    Hold up… Did Kojima specifically SAY anywhere that Keifer was the Voice of Big Boss? We all saw the MoCap and know for sure he was doing that… But is it still possible that the may use Keifers acting and David’s Voice?? Perhaps I am just broken hearted…

    • MrVux007

      it was clearly stated that Keifer will play BB….you can see below Keifer Sutherland name *Snake* as in he is titled to voice Snake/Big Boss….

      • Metalgearbeer

        Thats perfect, Flameeater. The perfect troll! MrVux007 it still could all be a ruse.

        • MrVux007

          i sure hope so …

  • Ricardo Oe


  • Ricardo Oe

    And about METAL GEAR ONLINE ???

  • TheKastorian

    On a side note: No way that model of Big Boss is running on current gen hardware.

    • Nyxus

      Well a next-gen version could still be announced. I assume we will get more info at E3, as well as the trailer.

  • umbralex

    Everyone is angry about the voice actor of snake, but am i the only one who dont cares about that, and is very angry because they dont show the new trailer?

    • PrinceHeir


      shame no trailer 🙁

      maybe tonight?

  • Golgari

    In other words… Kojima disappointed every Metal Gear fan out there because they didn’t show new trailer, there is no information at all (Snake’s voice is depressing for most of the fans and it’s still unclear if Kiefer Sutherland is indeed BB because the guy that helps BB in the hospital sounds like him.)

    This is an outrage to be honest because you can’t play That much with fans expectations and in my opinion this is a poor message by Konami and Kojima Productions. H. Kojima even posted three screenshots from a trailer and in the end we never saw it…

    I’m sure there will be trailer eventually (maybe at E3 or Sony’s Press conference) but this time they just lost the hype that was through the roof.

  • Fredy Carius

    Did you guys notice that Snake’s horn now has a little other horn bellow it?

  • Joseph

    David Hayter’s new Twitter profile picture is a photo of Keifer Sutherland. Go check out his Twitter

    • ObsessedGeorge

      Now how do you explain that? Unless, he gets paid to do that.

  • God I hope they be trollin’

    COULD STILL BE A TROLL! Kiefer kept saying “this character” and kojima was kinda avoiding the connection too. It just says hes “Snake” could be someone else with the same code name or perhaps a clone? Only thing i cant explain is motion capture… Oh well nevermind then.

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