So I'm sure by now that most people have heard the news that David Hayter will not reprise his role as Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5. There is a petition going around in an effort to have the decision recanted as well as a formal statement and interview from Hayter himself. Hayter has taken the high road on the issue and has remained diplomatic about the surprising announcement. However despite what he says, I think that there is more to this story than Hayter is indicating. I read his statement and watched his interview and I have a hard time believing that after 15 years of playing the role of Snake that Kojima and Konami just simply and suddenly ousted him. And I find it even harder to believe that David went on a lunch date and just sat there and accepted his exclusion that easily without even being given a reasonable explanation. If that were the case, they could have just told him over the phone, why meet for lunch? David IS Snake. He is the one who brought life to the character. Surely he deserves better than that.
I've been reading a lot posts of people who vow not to buy MGS5 if David Hayter isn't involved. I think that's a bit extreme. I remember saying the same thing about MG: Rising when I found out that Kojima was no longer involved in the project. Yet I gave the game a chance and actually ended up liking it. I too am disappointed about the MGS5 news but it's not a deal breaker for me. I was disappointed when I heard that the next Mass Effect game will not feature Commander Shepard, when I heard that the PS4 won't have backwards compatibility, When I heard that George Lucas sold Star Wars, and after watching the season 3 finale of The Walking Dead. There's always something but life will go on. David Hayter was awesome as Snake but he's not crying about it so neither should we. Ultimately, when I buy a $60 game I want to have a great and entertaining experience that has me thinking about it while I'm at work and wanting to play it over and over again. If the game acheives that, then I'm happy. So yeah I'll wait for the reviews to come out and if they're good, I'll buy MGS5. Hell, I'd say the BIGGEST disappointment in MGS history was when Kojima did the bait & switch in MGS2 and had us running around as Raiden for almost the entire game! Darkshark74 (talk) 16:44, April 11, 2013 (UTC)