There's Already a Petition to bring Hayter back to The Phantom Pain

It's been only a little over twelve hours since we got our first proper look at Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and less since we discovered the voice of Solid Snake and Big Boss, David Hayter, would not be reprising his role. It's odd - especially since the Japanese Snake actor is confirmed to be returning - and it's made people angry. Some even feel dedicated enough to petition Kojima and Konami in the hopes of changing their minds.

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jaredhart1817d ago

The only person I'd take as a sub for David Hayter is Kurt Russell.

But I still want Hayter back.

matgrowcott1817d ago

Kojima does absolutely everything for a reason. I don't believe Hayter has been dropped because Boss is getting old or anything like that, I think there's something to it.

Until we find that out though, it's hard not to see this as anything but a bad move on Konami's part.

Hellsvacancy1817d ago

Maybe theyll use his voice in flashbacks or summin

Root1817d ago

See I thought that but it doesn't make sense when the Japanese voice actor that voiced young Big Boss is voicing him still.

matgrowcott1817d ago


Akio Ōtsuka has a better range than Hayter. I think it would be hard to listen to any Hayter voiced character in the MGS world and not think of Snake, whereas Ōtsuka has the experience to do something completely different (at a guess).

There's also the fact that Old Big Boss was played by Ōtsuka's dad in the Japanese MGS4. I know I said I didn't think it was a "boss is old thing," but the difference between Hayter and Richard Doyle is probably far greater than between Ōtsuka and his father.

Eamon1817d ago


If you've watched a lot of anime like I have where I've heard Akio Otsuka do a number of different impressions, his voice is easily one that you can make out. It's because his voice is unique. You can instantly tell it's him.

Also, in Ground Zeroes trailer, he didn't change his voice, it was the usual Japanese Snake voice he does.

morganfell1817d ago (Edited 1817d ago )

Richard Doyle is the guy to voice Big Boss and it's time they move to him. Besides it will be needed later when Solid works for Big Boss. Just as in MGS4 it's time to make that distinction.

On a related note, Hayter whining on the internet two weeks ago hinting this would soon come to public knowledge should be beneath him.

Bathyj1817d ago

Maybe its story related.

Did Snake suffer an injury that affected his larynx?

Mainman1817d ago

I'm not gonna sign it, from what I heard from the latest trailer, Snake's voice sounded really awesome.

I like David Hayter as much as the next guy, don't get me wrong, but this new guy sounded really fitting to be Snake as well.

Besides, I heard David Hayter was directing a movie, so I'm not sure if he got the time to voice act for MGSV.

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zerocrossing1817d ago

The only logical reason I can see for the voice actor change is that Big Boss and Snake will probably meet sometime in MGS5, if not then it's kind of stupid not to give the role of Big Boss to Hayter...

Ducky1817d ago

Given the timeline, if Snake and BigBoss do meet in MGSV, then Snake would be in his teenage years.

It would make better sense to use a different voice actor for Snake in that kind of encounter.

porkChop1817d ago

Snake would only be 11 at the time of The Phantom Pain.

JC_Denton1817d ago (Edited 1817d ago )

You people are the reasons why shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones become shitty. You need to learn how to move on. There is no reason for anyone to be upset about this change in voice actors, other than because they are idiots.

RTheRebel1816d ago

Michael Ironside AKA Sam Fisher? Iol
Kurt is a great choice though

DoomeDx1816d ago

Damn ! Never realised that David Hayter looks like the Governer from The Walking Dead haha

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Acquiescence1817d ago

Accept no substitute. And that's coming from someone who isn't even a MGS fan.

Tomonobu Itagaki1817d ago

Good, because The Phantom Pain isn't about Solid Snake but about Big Boss, so...

Eamon1817d ago

Big Boss has been voiced by Hayter in MGS3, PO and PW.

Tomonobu Itagaki1817d ago

But not in MGS4. It's probably time to turn the page.

blackstrr4111817d ago

The only reason hayter voiced big boss was cos solid is big boss's clone, so at that time/age bracket they'd have the same voice(hypothetically)

TotalHitman1817d ago

"And that's coming from someone who isn't even a MGS fan."

You've made that evident.

We're talking about Hayter/Big Boss.

NastyLeftHook01817d ago

exactly, that voice cannot be replicated.

Enigma_20991816d ago (Edited 1816d ago )

... then come up with a NEW protagonist! And stop making him look like Solid Snake, blast it!!!

Are you people actually going to sit there and tell me you won't even TOUCH a Metal Gear Solid game if Solid Snake or some lookalike isn't in it? It's not enough that Kojima came back to do another one to apease everyone that constantly complained about him wanting to do something else?

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DigitalSmoke1817d ago

Well I'm not so sure anymore guys, he started to put the accent on a bit to thick lately, imo.

Dazel1817d ago

There's only one Solid Snake, only one David Haytor imo.

WitWolfy1817d ago

Are you retarted? Big Bos = Solid Snake they are the same person!!!

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx1817d ago (Edited 1817d ago )


I cannot possibly facepalm hard enough at the ridiculous statement you just said. I think having Liquid Ocelot slap me square in the face with his metallic looking arm would not be enough facepalm to express your fail....

With that said, no Big Boss [John] isn't Solid Snake [David].

wenaldy1817d ago


Surely u cant be serious

BlaqMagiq241817d ago


You just made the most idiotic comment on this article yet you call someone else retarded. I have to ask have you even played the MGS games?

PSVita1816d ago

@witwolfy: Naked snakeB=ig Boss and his three clones are soild, soildus and liquid. So same DNA but different people completely.

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