Metal Gear Solid 5 without David Hayter petition

By Alan Ng - Mar 29, 2013

By now, most of you have probably seen the massive Metal Gear Solid 5 unveil at this week’s GDC conference in San Francisco. As expected, the game is the concluding result of the Phantom Pain teasers that been going on, but there is one big debate that is threatening to overshadow the release of MGS5 – the voice of Snake, David Hayter will not be in the game.

David Hayter and Snake, is the equivalent of Ikue Ōtani as the voice of Pikachu, Jeff Pescetto as the DuckTales theme singer and so on – you just can’t replace these sort of guys. But it is really happening in Metal Gear Solid 5 and most of you had already spotted it straight away when we didn’t hear his voice in the debut trailer for the game.

David Hayter has already spoken out on the issue, revealing his emotions on Twitter to shocked fans. He said that he ‘has had a good run’ with the series but more alarmingly, revealed to one user that Kojima Productions didn’t even ask him to be in the game next game.

If true, we find that quite astonishing, since he has helped to create a massive part of the success that the Metal Gear Solid franchise has gone on to achieve. Since his comments on Twitter, it is worth pointing out that the information where he said that he wasn’t asked to be in the game, has been deleted entirely – so draw your own conclusions on this.

As a result, Kojima and Konami are actually taking a little heat on the exclusion of David Hayter in the game, as some have said that they won’t buy the game if the real voice of Snake isn’t included. There is now a petition online over at, pleading with Mr Kojima and the powers above to put Hayter in the game as the voice of Snake and Big Boss.

Are you going to sign and lend your support? If you are a big Metal Gear Solid fan, let us know your thoughts on MGSV without the voice of Snake – will you still buy it or not?

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  • Shalashaska

    Hayter is no part of MGS5, Kojima this is a joke right? It can’t be MGS without Hayter

  • Mahesh

    Oh no! What a disaster. Well looks like MGS4 is the last Metal Gear Ill be buying. No Hayter, no buy

  • Lilith

    Oh I see Kojima, Lets reinvent the series but instead of reinventing, actually lets just fire one guy. No HAYTER NO BUY

  • Ziggy

    Fun fact: David Hayter gave up half his paycheck to get the original voice cast for Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, just because he was so dedicated to the authentic metal gear experience. He is too nice to ask us, but how could we possibly turn our back on him in his time of need? I will fight for David Hayter any-day.

  • BigBossZero

    Yeah if the Japanese VA is in, Hayter should be too!

  • Law Gordon

    No I will not be buying this game without hayter im 25 now and been playing since mgs 1 snake is a superhero to me like batman. And the voice is the biggest part of that without David hayter it’s like watching your favorite movie or tv show when powwww they change the main character but metal gear is more important to me than any movie or tv show. It’s the reason I play games it

    Had a very major impact in my life and david hayter was a big part of that

    I’m talking about the only video games that ever made my cry part1 all the way to 4. Had a tear jerker moment or 2 in there but now I’m crying but for a whole diffrent reason

    Ps if the orignal Japanese voice actor is in for snake there is no reason hayter shouldn’t be in as well. I can’t stand kojima anymore with his lies saying he wants to freshen things up in that case remove Akio Otsuka as well

    • Neb

      Couldn’t have said it better, this is our Star Wars, our Indiana Jones and its being f’d up now in the same way. I understand its the property of the artist/creator but once you profit off it, it’s no longer entirely yours. It’s like buying a painting, hanging it on your wall and then 20 years later the artist brakes in and paints a big red X over it.

      …and NO, I will not be buying this game if this is not resolved and come to think of it, I probably wouldn’t even buy a PS4.

    • Lanacaster

      Comment of the year, someone forward this to Konami/Kojima. (Twitter? Email?