Kiefer Sutherland, of 24 fame, will voice Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami revealed during its pre-E3 show.
According to series creator Hideo Kojima, they wanted to give Snake a more subdued performance expressed through subtle facial movements and tone of voice, rather than words, and needed someone to genuinely convey the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his 40s.
“I felt that he was the perfect fit in terms of age and performance,” he said.
“In previous Metal Gear Solids, Snake’s emotions were expressed through phrases like ‘Kaz, are you okay?’But this time, all he says is ‘Kaz?'”
Metal Gear Solid V will convey a darker tone compared to previous games. It will touch upon the themes of race, revenge, and other heavy subjects. As an open-world game, Kojima says it results in a more tension-packed experience with more depth to its storytelling.
Watch the Metal Gear Solid V portion of the pre-E3 show below.