Metal Gear Solid‘s long-time voice of Snake, David Hayter, will not be returning to voice the iconic game character in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It has been confirmed that 24‘s Kiefer Sutherland will be taking over the role. Series director Hideo Kojima has stated that he wants to take a new direction with this character and when confirming Sutherland as the new actor stated, “The game takes place in 1984 when Snake is 49 years old. Therefore, we needed someone who could genuinely convey both the facial and vocal qualities of a man in his late 40s. It’s different from anything we’ve done before.” Apparently Hayter’s tried and true rendition of Snake wasn’t sufficient for them.