David Hayter's Departure from the Metal Gear Franchise is More Painful than We Know

By David Rodriguez

November 20, 2013

Arguably the biggest piece of news to accompany the formal announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain this past June was the official revelation that David Hayter, a veteran of the franchise for over 20 years and voice of Solid Snake, would not be voicing the game’s protagonist, Big Boss. He was instead replaced by 24‘s Kiefer Sutherland.

During an interview with Red Bull for his upcoming game, Republique (in which Hayter will be starring), Producer Ryan Payton (formerly of the Metal Gear franchise) shed some light on what Mr. Hayter has had to go through after the confirmation that he would not be starring in Metal Gear Solid V. “I think the thing that made it most frustrating for him, and for me as a friend of his, and as a former Metal Gear developer, is that the fans, rightfully so, were [skeptical],” Payton explained, “Kojima’s got all these strange reasons and jokes, and that the press thought this was all a joke, and that David would be back. But what’s even more painful for David is that this isn’t a joke. He’s had to repeatedly say to fans that, no, he’s not in the next Metal Gear game. He’s having to go out of his way to really say he’s not a part of the next game, so it’s kind of like a terrible infinite loop for him.”

Payton added that Hayter’s role in Republique has, “given [Mr. Hayter] the opportunity to be as creative as he wants with his character, and in a world that’s not too far removed from Metal Gear. It’s its own fiction, and while the tone is different, at its core, it’s still a stealth action game, and there’s a lot to his character that we’re interested in exploring.”

David Hayter was also cast recently in Hinterland Games’ introductory title, The Long Dark, which is scheduled for an October 2014 release on PC, Mac, and Linux.

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David Rodriguez

David has been a gamer since childhood and enjoys games that are able to deliver fun and intricate gameplay alongside compelling and emotional narratives. He's also a huge fan of film, television, comic books, and literature. David has his B.A. in English Language Arts from CUNY John Jay College.

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