Ocelot Voice Actor Asks Fans To ‘Reserve Judgement’ On Kiefer Sutherland’s Performance Until After Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases


If you thought that the contentious decision made by Hideo Kojima to re-cast the voice actor of Snake was over – think again. Troy Baker – a giant in the world of video games voice artists (and the voice behind Joel from The Last Of Us and Ocelot in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain) – has asked fans of the series to try and withhold their judgement over the decision to cast Kiefer Sutherland as the voice of Snake instead of David Hayter.

At last week’s Indy Popcon 2015, Troy had the following to say when asked about the cast change.

To his credit, Kiefer Sutherland knocked it out of the freaking park, and he came in and he put the work in. I love David Hayter, I love David, he’s a good dude and he’s Snake, but so is Kiefer. And that guy showed up, rolled up his sleeves and got dirty on this game. So reserve judgement until you play it. You only have like two more months left and trust me it’ll be worth it.

The statement has a strong sense of endorsement to be sure, but it’s nice too to see that Baker has utmost respect and recognition for David Hayter – the man who has voiced Snake in every Metal Gear game until the Phantom Pain.

There’s only two months to go until the game releases on September 1 for all major platforms, and we couldn’t be more excited for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and to see how much Sutherland’s take on Snake differs from Hayter’s.

What are your thoughts on the casting choice, though? Are you looking forward to seeing what the 24 actor does with the role?