David Hayter, who has voiced Snake since 1998 when Metal Gear Solid (Video Games Series) was released for PSX, has been replaced by Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer Sutherland will voice Snake, the lead character in Metal Gear Solid 5 : The Phantom Pain coming (Xbox 330 and PS3, from Konami).
Hideo Kojima, from Konami, explained the decision at E3.
“I wanted snake to have a more subdued performance expressed through facial movements and tone of voice rather than words. The game takes place in 1984, when Snake is 49 years old; therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s.”
This is not the first time Kiefer Sutherland has been utilised in a role for his voice alone. He played the villain in Phone Booth (2002) starring Colin Farrell.
Sutherland expressed his delight with the opportunity –
“This character has an unbelievable legacy, but there’s a real personal quality to this character that I’ve connected to. I’m not a gamer and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games.”
Here’s the video from E3: