Kiefer Sutherland is the voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5 – where’s the bomb, Bauer?!

Ooh, so Jack Bauer is Big Boss. We did not see that coming. During Konami’s pre-E3 press conference, MGS creator Hideo Kojima confirmed 24 actor Kiefer Sutherland is voicing and providing the motion capture for Snake in MGS5: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid 5 voice actor

Sutherland replaces David Hayter as the iconic larynx behind gaming’s gruffest stealth pensioner. He was recommended to Kojima by Hollywood producer Avi Arad, who coincidentally is a friend of Hayter, with the two collaborating on several Marvel films.

Kojima also confirmed MGS5 is set in 1984, and puts players into the sneaky slippers of  49-year-old Big Boss. As such, he wanted an actor who could portray a soldier in his late 40s, who could convey a sense of mood through tone of voice and subtle expressions.

Sutherland has previously provided voice work for Call Of Duty: World At War. The internet will still likely explode with fanboy fury over the axing of Hayter, but at least he’s been replaced with a top thesp with an equally gravelly delivery.

MGS5 is confirmed for PS3, though there’s still no word on whether the game will come to PS4.