When the long-rumored remake, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater was revealed with a cinematic teaser trailer at Sony’s May 2023 PlayStation Showcase, it led to some speculation surrounding who from the original 2004 title was returning, especially as the one character who did appear in the footage, Snake, didn’t speak. This was in part due to the controversial casting shake-up in which the series’ regular voice actor for Snake, David Hayter, was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland for the series’ last mainline entry, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and its prologue Ground Zeroes.
Being replaced in MGS5 was not Hayter’s choice as he was openly a huge fan of the series. He later spoke out in interviews about how Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima wanted to get an A-list celebrity actor to play the role of Snake, with Hayter having to re-audition to play Naked Snake in the original Snake Eater, as other names such as Kurt Russell were banded about for the role. Although Kojima and publisher Konami had a public falling-out prior to the release of MGS5, there have been rumors that Kojima’s consulting on the Snake Eater remake, which led some to wonder if this meant Hayter and the original cast would be replaced once again.
Fortunately, The Original MGS3 Cast Will Be Returning
Fortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as the original Snake Eater cast will be returning for the remake. An official press release from Konami confirmed a multi-platform release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC, alongside a re-release of Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and the original Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, marking the first time the 1998 classic has been made available on current-gen devices, as the latter two were part of an HD collection that’s currently backwards compatible on Xbox Series S/X. This press release stated that “the [Snake Eater] remake will star the original voice characters, rich storyline and expansive features of combat survival in harsh environments evolved with unprecedented graphics and immersive sound“.
The Original Cast’s Return Bodes Well For A Faithful Snake Eater Remake
This isn’t the first time the original cast members have returned for a Metal Gear Solid remake, as Hayter even took a pay cut to appear in the 2004 Nintendo GameCube exclusive remake of 1998’s Metal Gear Solid, called Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Snake Eater received high acclaim with its storytelling and acting as it depicted the origin story of the famed Big Boss during Operation Snake Eater, and is often billed as one of the Metal Gear series’ high points. With Konami stating that it wants MGS Delta: Snake Eater to be a “faithful recreation of the original story and game design“, having the original actors return bodes well for this goal.
Whether the Snake Eater remake will be using and restoring dialogue audio from the original title hasn’t been made clear. Given the state of most modern remakes and the role of performance capture in today’s game development, however, it’s likely that the cast will be recording whole new performances for the upcoming title. As of the time of writing, Hayter and Snake Eater‘s other cast members haven’t appeared to have addressed the situation either. Regardless of how the cast does return, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is on track to please many nostalgic fans of the iconic espionage title.