Kiefer Sutherland has been confirmed as the new voice of Snake for the Metal Gear series, set to make his debut as gaming’s iconic espionage star in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
A proper Hollywood star, Sutherland is instantly familiar as another secret agent extraordinaire – 24‘s Jack Bauer – as well as roles in The Lost Boys and Flatliners, Stand By Me and more.
“It’s an honour to be able to play this character,” Sutherland said.
“This character has an unbelievable legacy. There’s a real personal quality to the character that I’ve connected to. I’m not a gamer, and I even knew about this game. I was certainly keenly aware of the legacy of these games, the unbelievable success of these games.”
Sutherland will replace long-time Snake voice actor David Hayter, who has given Snake his memorably gruff tone since 1998’s Metal Gear Solid. He’s a fan favourite, and many wanted him to remain in the role.
However, Konami must be planning a big PR push if they’re getting Sutherland involved. With a new series of 24 on the horizon, he’s hot property at the moment, and one that’s sure to raise the profile of the game.