Meryl Voice Actor on David Hayter Not Playing Snake in MGS 5: “What the F**k is Going on?”

Even the lovely Debi Mae West is confused by the decision to drop Hayter as the voice of Snake.

Posted By | On 18th, Sep. 2013 Under News

Debi Mae West appeared on the recent IGN Up At Noon to discuss any and all things related to Metal Gear Solid, especially with Metal Gear Solid V and the recent controversies its faced with the design of Quiet. West is famous for her role as Meryl Silverburgh in Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

While she expressed confusion as to Quiet’s design, West was genuinely surprised when she found out that David Hayter would not be reprising his role as Solid Snake in the fifth game, eloquently asking, “What the f**k is going on?”

“I had no idea. I don’t get it. Honestly, I don’t know if anyone knows this story but when we did the first Metal Gear, they were going to re-record it and David actually asked for some money because he deserved it. We all deserved it and they didn’t want to pay us any more than the regular voice over rate. He challenged them to match his voice and they couldn’t. And that’s the thing – he is that character. So I don’t understand…is Kiefer gonna try to sound like him…I mean, I get that their voices are in a very similar place…”

On asked whether that incident might have had an impact on Konami’s decision to drop Hayter, West responded, “I don’t know if it’s…I mean, he’s done how many games, four? It can’t be because this is from 14-15 years ago. I mean, I don’t know.”

So yes, be assured that the reasons for Hayter not playing Snake are still very much up in the air. Metal Gear Solid V will be heading to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with new gameplay footage to debut soon. So stay tuned.

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  • AndrewTSC

    I don’t know if I can play an MGS game without Hayer…

    • Frank B.

      Now you can play an MGS game with Jack Bauer from “24”. I still don’t understand it myself, the different voice spoiled the otherwise perfect gameplay illusion of MGS V GZ.

  • Dilos Ekans

    me too. But i love mgs so i will still give this a go. Besides Big Boss’s voice changes at some point might as well do it now after he’s had a gigantic coma *ahem* ”I’m afraid its been 9 years”

    • extermin8or2

      Changes are bigger than voice actor though-I mean IGN reporter that has played/seen a private demo pkayed said it was more splinter cell conviction style stealth than traditional mgs-the cqc etc and an executions button were mentioned he did say it might be more like mgs on a proper difficulty rather than the auto aim super easy it was on but still… I remember mgs4 which was my first mgs (im abit too yoing to have gotten into them before I mean first one was released when I was 2 I think) butif it really has changed so much in terms of control, combatand whoke games style I’ll be disappointed

  • HowieHD

    *Naked Snake or just snake in general.this is the big boss saga.

  • BigBoss_Zero

    If David Hayter reprises his role as Big Boss and let’s say Kojima wants Solid Snake to appear alongside Big Boss in the same game, would it rally make sense to have both characters be voiced by same VA? I mean, such a meeting is possible. In this context, a replacement for Big Boss’s VA does make sense. All Im saying, don’t over-analyze this stuff. We barely have any info as it is, and it really doesn’t seem as if Kojima has really had any beef with Hayter for the “past 4 games”, as Meryl’s VA has said. So basically don’t stretch the few facts we know so far. 🙂

  • A

    maybe Hideo will do a remake of Metal Gear and needs both David and Kiefer.

    • Huseyin

      Thats the best comment i have seen about this story

  • RedArmyRockstar

    this makes me sick to my stomach


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