Well, it looks like the fans of David Hayter will be upset at this one. During Konami's Pre-E3 show that was streamed today, it was announced by Hideo Kojima that Kiefer Sutherland would be providing the voice of Snake / Big Boss, along with providing a motion-capture performance of his face to deliver an authentic performance. The presser explained that Sutherland got the roles thanks to a recommendation by Hollywood director Avi Arad after Kojima stated that he wanted a more subtle performance for Snake this time around. It was also confirmed that Snake will be 49 in The Phantom Pain, which will take place in the year 1984.
During the presser Sutherland admitted that he was "not a gamer and I even knew about this game," paying respect to the franchises legacy and expressing his excitement at the opportunity to play one of the gaming industry's most iconic characters. He even commended Kojima Productions' use of mo-cap for his performance, stating that he had not taken part in a production like it in his previous voice-acting stints.
It was during the announcement that David Hayter, who had previously voiced Snake in every other Metal Gear Solid game, took to Twitter to gratuitously welcome Sutherland into the role.
Ah well,Can't fault @realkieferGreat actor, good man.The game will probably still be excellent.Like New Coke!
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) June 6, 2013
Does this mean Hayter will have no role to play in Ground Zeroes or The Phantom Pain? It certainly looks like it now. We'll be sure to bring you more news regarding Metal Gear Solid V as it emerges.