After recent news that David Hayter won’t be reprising his iconic role as Solid Snake, he decided to go to tell his side of what happened on his Twitter account. Hayter claimed that not only did Konami never approach him for the role, but the publisher never explained why it was moving in a different direction.
Hayter recapped that he was away in Toronto after shooting a movie and heard that recording sessions for Metal Gear Solid V were being put together. He said he hadn’t heard from Konami, so he contacted the production team to find out if he would be needed or not.
“We got together for lunch, and he told me that they ‘wouldn’t be needing me’ on this game,” Hayter said. “No reason, or explanation was given beyond that. And that was it.”
Hayter said he was “bummed” he wouldn’t get to reprise his role. He explained that he has spent a “huge amount of time and effort” into making sure Snake came across as a compelling character and he isn’t all too keen that on hearing someone else voice Snake.
“If it were my choice, I would do this role forever,” Hayter said. “To hear anyone else’s voice coming from Snake’s battered throat, makes me a little ill, to be honest.”
However, Hayter did state that he knows at the end of day Konami and Hideo Kojima ultimately get to call the shots. “And that’s fair,” he said. “And I’ll get by. I am not lacking for employment on any level.”