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David Hayter snubbed for MGS5 as part of series reinvention, explains Kojima

Metal Gear creator explains his decision

Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has said that replacing popular Snake voice actor David Hayter with a new actor will help reflect a change of direction for the long-running series.

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Hayter, famous in gaming circles for providing the iconic voice of Solid Snake since the 1998 PSone game, revealed this week via Twitter that he is not involved in the production of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. He further confirmed he wasn't even approached for the role.

Gametrailers quizzed Kojima on this decision in a recent interview. "What we're trying to accomplish here is [to] recreate the Metal Gear series," said Kojima.

"It's a new type of Metal Gear game and we want to have this reflected in the voice actor as well," he added.

Kojima was, however, cagey over who will replace Hayter. "I can't say that yes, it will be a new person. I can't say who just yet," he said.

Metal Gear Solid 5 was this week revealed to be both Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain combined.

The first Metal Gear Solid 5 trailer can be viewed here, and a six-minute gameplay video is here.

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