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David Hayter, the long-time voice actor for Big Boss and Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series, is not contributing to the newly announced game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. In a video interview, designer Hideo Kojima explained why they decided to go with a different voice actor.
"What we’re trying to accomplish is to recreate the Metal Gear series," Kojima told GameTrailers. "It’s a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”
Metal Gear Solid 5 is set after the events of MGS: Peace Walker. The player controls Big Boss (aka Naked Snake), the leader of a mercenary army. He and his army have come under attack by an unknown force. The opening moments of the game show a gravely wounded Snake escaping from a burning hospital.
Kojima added in the interview that he couldn't announce who the new voice actor for Snake is. Some have speculated, based on the trailer footage that 24 star Kiefer Sutherland is the voice. Presumably it's someone high-profile, if Kojima's keeping this information under wraps.
MGS5, previously referred to just as The Phantom Pain, is in development for an unknown release date.