Metal Gear Solid 5: Major Zero’s VA Won’t Reprise His Role Due To An ‘Insulting Offer’ From Konami

‘Unless they increase their derisory offer to slightly less derisory,’ says Jim Piddock.

Posted By | On 02nd, Dec. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


Ever since the announcement of Metal Gear Solid 5, things have not been exactly smooth for Konami and Kojima Productions. First of all people were confused with the difference between Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain. This was followed by a massive backlash by fans when it was announced that David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake and Big Boss won’t be reprising his role in Metal Gear Solid 5. If that was not enough, Konami made a blunder with the pricing of Ground Zeroes.

There is still no firm release date for the game, and although the title  is turning into something that is truly fantastic, we can’t help but wonder how long we have to wait till get hands on with what is possibly Kojima’s final Metal Gear Solid. To add fuel to fire, Jim Piddock the voice of Major Zero from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has revealed that he won’t be reprising his role in The Phantom Pain.

When asked whether he will come back, he tweeted, “Unlikely, unless they increase their derisory offer to slightly less derisory!” He further stated that the offer that was made to him was pretty insulting indicating that it most likely a money issue. “Tell the makers of the game not to make Major Zero such an insulting offer and he’ll be there!” he further revealed. In order to give an indication how bad the offer was, he tweeted “You have no idea :)”

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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  • The War Braden

    I’m probably wrong but this Is get the feeling that he (and alot of the other voice actors) are being paid next to nothing compared to Kiefer Sutherland, for doing the same amount (and in some cases, maybe even more) of work. Obviously Kiefer is a much bigger name, and will have a higher paycheck for this reason, but no doubt some voice actors would be unhappy about this.

    • cobraed

      id expect that to be the case. kojima/his company must have spent loads on other areas of the game. the money for the lesser known voice actors may not be there. or may be over the budget the game was expected to cost to make.

      saying that a voice change on major zero wouldnt be the worst thing in the world considering he was last in snake eater so with 20 years difference his voice would change like snake’s. whilst fans may not be a fan of the voice change role for kiefer. kojima could well remake the first games in the series where snake and big boss were enemies. due to that the voice change for big boss is also not the worst thing in the world.

    • The War Braden

      When you think about it if Kojima is willing to change David Hayters voice to Kiefer Sutherlands, then he probably won’t care if he has to change Major Zeroes voice, so it’s really the voice actors loss.

      Also Konami recently shut down a fan made remake of the original Metal Gear featuring David Hayter as Solid Snake, so maybe they are planning to make a full on remake with David and Kiefer 🙂

    • tplarkin7

      If I was a no-name actor, I would appreciate the opportunity to work with Kiefer Sutherland.

  • Aesop Jones

    I think they blew all their voice acting budget on getting Sutherland. Should have kept Hayter and the rest of the old crew. I am greatly looking forward to MGS 5, but am not happy with their casting decisions.


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