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During Konami’s Pre-E3 Show that aired tonight, it has been announced that Kiefer Sutherland will assume the role of Metal Gear Solid’s Snake.

The 24 star takes over from David Hayter who has played the iconic character since the series’ conception.

In explaining the decision, Hideo Kojima revealed that as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a far darker tone that greatly differs from previous entries, he wanted Snake to demonstrate a more subdued performance.

With the narrative set in 1984, at which point Snake is 49 years old, Kiefer Sutherland proved to be the perfect fit.

Kojima remarked that Sutherland has been incredibly dedicated to the project, performing full facial motion capture and delivering entirely on his vision for the character.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is not confirmed for any Nintendo platform.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.