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David Hayter confirms once and for all he is not in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

on 5 August 2014

Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter has reiterated that he will not be appearing in the forthcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Ever since Konami confirmed that Hayter -- who has voiced the grizzly mercenary since 1998’s Metal Gear Solid -- would not reprise his role as Naked Snake MGSV: Ground Zeroes, fans have speculated that he would be returning the hotly anticipated The Phantom Pain in some capacity.

However, despite gamers convinced Hayter’s absence from the role is part of an elaborate ruse cooked up by Kojima Productions, the celebrated voice actor has confirmed this is sadly not the case.

“I never signed any NDA,” Hayter told NerdReactor. “When you’re not in a game, it’s very difficult for them to get you to sign anything pertaining to it. It’s disappointing that fans still believe I’m gonna be in it, because I think that reduces the pressure that should be put on Konami and Kojima to bring me back. So I’ll say it again, I’m not in the game. In any way.

“He’s a super nice guy and I respect him immensely. It just feels different from what we were doing before. But I’ve got nothing bad to say about the man. He’s a stellar Canadian. I respect him immensely.”

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is due out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 in 2015.