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Kiefer Sutherland Is Now Snake

24 and Lost Boys actor taking up the mantle for The Phantom Pain.

As part of its pre-E3 show, Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima revealed actor Kiefer Sutherland is the new voice of Snake for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sutherland is best known for portraying Jack Bauer on the long-running TV show 24. He was pretty sweet in The Lost Boys, too.

One of the reasons Sutherland may have been chosen to portray Snake is the game’s reliance on performance capture for the role.

The previous voice of Snake, David Hayter, tried to take change in sarcastic stride on Twitter.

“Can't fault [Kiefer], “ said Hayter. “Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke! [...] To my beloved Tweeps, I can't thank you enough for all your support. Getting fired was never so heartwarming.”

MGSV: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for a release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3...someday? A release date isn’t yet known.

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Posted by TheSilentTruth

Fuckin' awesome.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

He's not Solid Snake

Posted by ColumnBreaker

DAT KEEF

Posted by Skooky

Metal Gear Solid V is a Big Boss game.

Edited by AthleticShark

Will take a bit getting used to, but hey, a new MSG game.

I'm happy.

Edited by ArcadiaExeter

Part of me wants to think this is Hideo pulling another one on us, but if you listen to the MGS5 trailer, both snake and Ishmael sound like Kiefer.

Edited by Saganomics

I guess the whole Hayter thing isn't some weird publicity stunt, after all?

Posted by kingschiebi

Patrick left out the most important part of his tweet: "Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!"

Posted by MildMolasses

I feel that omitting the "like New Coke" part of his tweet, drastically alters the perception that he "took the change in stride"

Edited by Saganomics

Patrick left out the most important part of his tweet: "Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!"

Haha, damn. Yeah, that's not exactly "taking it in stride."

Posted by Innovacious

Solid Snake is not in this game.

Edited by zombie2011

Sucks for Hayter, he seemed to really like playing the character.

Edited by AllisonByProxy

“Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. [...] - David Hayter

You didn't include the end of this tweet which kind of changes the meaning.

“Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!"

Edited by Bartz

Naked Snake =/= Solid Snake

Edited by SomeJerk

As a fan of Hayter and Kiefer, I am okay with this.

Hayter is a goddamn diva though.

Edited by probablytuna

I'm not happy with the choice, but I can see how having Kiefer Sutherland on would benefit in multiple ways. Aside from having a voice as well as facial performance capture, he could also potentially sign on for the live action MGS movie they've always been going on about. Since he's already involved with the game, makes sense for him to be in the movie as well.

Posted by yinstarrunner

Ain't even mad. Kiefer Sutherland is amazing.

Edited by AuthenticM

Patrick, why did you edit Hayter's tweets ? They are now grossly out of context. He's actually being very bitter right now, and is embarrassing himself.

Edited by patrickklepek

@kingschiebi said:

Patrick left out the most important part of his tweet: "Great actor, good man. The game will probably still be excellent. Like New Coke!"

My bad, I missed that part! I'll tweak. Who writes their tweets with breaks like that?

Edited by I_Stay_Puft

Not sure if this is actually awesome. Hearing Keifer just makes me hear Jack Bauer pretending to be Snake. I think I'd be happier if they went with someone out there unheard of so I don't have to put a face to the voice. Reminds me of my time when I was playing Call of Duty: World at War, oh hey why is Jack Bauer in my world war II game.

Posted by Cirdain

Big Up the Kief!

Edited by Tesla

I think I'm one of the few die hard Metal Gear fans that isn't at all bothered by the change. Love my man Hayter but it's not like he's going to be out on the streets now. Plus if you're going to replace him, Kiefer Sutherland is a pretty damn good choice.

Can't wait for more Metal Gear!

Edited by Berserker976

I'm not exaggerating when I say this news has literally ruined my day.

I don't think I can justify buying MGS5... and that makes me very sad. :(

Posted by TechnoSyndrome

Keifer Sutherland is playing Big Boss not Solid Snake.

Posted by jimmyfenix

Hayters gonna Hate

Edited by ArcadiaExeter

oh i finally get what peoples posts are about. you said he is now "solid snake". solid snake isnt in this game. Keifer is voicing Big Boss, not Solid.

Edited by galerian

@bartz said:

Naked Snake =/= Solid Snake

Edited by Nightriff

Doesn't matter to me, love Hayter, LOVE Hayter but if they want to go in a different direction, fine by me. Just give me the damn game already.

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Posted by Maajin

I'm pretty sure Solid Snake is going to show up at the end like Big Boss at the end of MGS4, and he will be voiced by Hayter.

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Posted by ejiehi

I hope there is a convoluted in game explanation.

Posted by XplusY

!

Posted by MEATBALL

Keifer Sutherland wishes he was a quarter of the man David Hayter is! David Hayter will always be the one true snake! BOYCOTT!!!

(I'm kidding, I don't actually care, but I will miss Hayter's cheesiness)

Posted by vorpalparasite

They should've got Keith David.

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Posted by Toug

But is Keifer Sutherland in Smash Bros? I want to live in a world where something that weird happens.

Posted by Brackynews

?

Edited by Spitznock

@tesla said:

I think I'm one of the few die hard Metal Gear fans that isn't at all bothered by the change. Love my man Hayter but it's not like he's going to be out on the streets now. Plus if you're going to replace him, Kiefer Sutherland is a pretty damn good choice.

Can't wait for more Metal Gear!

^^^ This.
I'm sure he'll do a bang-up job. People just want to complain.
Also: To the people going "Durr you're an idiot, Patrick. He isn't going to be Solid Snake; he'll be Big Boss."... you get the idea. Hayter voiced Big Boss as well as Solid Snake. They may as well be the same person. Stop being dicks.

Edited by Brackynews

@patrickklepek: A screenplay writer. :) Whitespace yo. Helps the page count.

@maajin said:

I'm pretty sure Solid Snake is going to show up at the end like Big Boss at the end of MGS4, and he will be voiced by Hayter.

Longest con in the history of gaming? Aside from Infinium Labs I mean.

Edited by mellotronrules

kiefer's awesome. that is all.

Edited by shinluis

Bullshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

Posted by HellknightLeon

I'm like Patrick(just with better hair) in the fact that I think MGS 1 and MGS 3 are awesome and the other ones suck my ass. I'm checked all the way the fuck out. Its nice to see what you guys think about this. I would be upset but would wait and see(if I cared).

Posted by AuthenticM

@tesla said:

I think I'm one of the few die hard Metal Gear fans that isn't at all bothered by the change. Love my man Hayter but it's not like he's going to be out on the streets now. Plus if you're going to replace him, Kiefer Sutherland is a pretty damn good choice.

Can't wait for more Metal Gear!

Naw, I'm with you. I am super excited in knowing that Sutherland is the new voice of Snake. I'm sure he'll do a terrific job.

Posted by BasketSnake

Guys, it's Revolver Ocelot's birthday today. He was born on D-Day. SIX SHOTS!

Posted by mpgeist

Doesn't bother me that much. Frankly, I've felt like Hayter has been doing an impression of himself in the role for the last few installments anyway.

Edited by Ninja

He isn't Solid Snake....

Posted by Nevi

Kiefer did some voice work for an anime in the 90s called Armitage III iirc, he was not very good. I'm not particularly happy about this, I don't seem him putting in a Hayter-esque performance, I hope he treats the role as seriously as it deserves.

Posted by DarkbeatDK

Oh you mean that guy from Young Guns?

Posted by ArmedBear

He isn't Kiefer Sutherland. He's Jack Bauer.