Metal Gear Solid Voice Actors Kept in the Dark on Rising's Development

Metal Gear Solid Voice Actors Kept in the Dark on Rising's Development

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Two years after Metal Gear Solid: Rising's unveil at E3, the series' English actors have yet to be approached by Konami.

"There's been no information and I don't know what's going on," Raiden's voice actor Quinton Flynn said in a recent interview with The Gaming Liberty. "I've tried to make efforts to find out what's happening and have not been able to get any answers at all."

Fans of the series, including Flynn, assumed he would reprise the role of Raiden since he was listed on the game's IMDB page. However, Flynn said Raiden's dialogue for the game was supposed to be recorded last year, and he has yet to receive a phone call from the Rising team.

"If they are going on and doing it without me, I can't understand why," Flynn said. "Of course Hideo Kojima is not involved in Rising in the same way he was with the other games but I just don't know what's going on. I don't know whose [sic] producing or what's happening."

Flynn said he called Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter, who told Flynn he is clueless on not only Flynn's role in the MGS spin-off but also his own. Unlike Flynn, however, Hayter's name was never listed on the game's IMDB page. With rumors of a delayed 2012 release and E3 around the corner, Rising's team has some explaining to do and E3 seems like the right time and place for it.

"Maybe they've been working on lots of other stuff for this game and now they're ready for me. But I don't have high hopes, let's just put it that way," Flynn said.

It's hard to imagine an MGS game without the voices of Hayter and Flynn, which begs the question: is the game currently in development hell? It's also possible that Konami acquired new voice actors to further distance this spin-off from the rest of the MGS series - something the developer claimed to be a goal, in the past. It's also been suggested by fans that Solid Snake won't make an appearance at all and the Raiden featured in the game is a different one from past games, thus using Flynn would only confuse players.

In any case, Flynn is saddened by his possible disappearance from the series.

"I'll be hurt. I'll be disappointed and I'll be angry as well," Flynn said.

In addition to voicing characters in popular series (including Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts), Flynn has given his voice to Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid series since the character's introduction in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001).

Source: The Gaming Liberty, via CVG

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Someone call Bill Murray, cuz it looks like Metal Gear Solid: Rising got Lost in Translation

I really hope they don't drop Flynn. I can't imagine Raiden being voiced by anyone else. People might not like Raiden, but Flynn is a cool guy, and if hes going to be fired from his role as Raiden then they should at least tell him.

Also you mispelled Flynn's name, 6th (or 7th if you count the bolded one) paragraph down, last sentence.

I'd forgotten all about this game... Yeah, can't say any news of it is exciting. I'll let the series have its semi-dignified death on MGS4.

icyneesan:

Also you mispelled Flynn's name, 6th (or 7th if you count the bolded one) paragraph down, last sentence.

Fixed.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Dulcinea:
I'd forgotten all about this game... Yeah, can't say any news of it is exciting. I'll let the series have its semi-dignified death on MGS4.

Peace Walker was great.

Also, this is a downer.

Frostbite3789:

Dulcinea:
I'd forgotten all about this game... Yeah, can't say any news of it is exciting. I'll let the series have its semi-dignified death on MGS4.

Peace Walker was great.

Also, this is a downer.

Never played it. Forgot all about it, actually. Opps.

Blame Monster Hunter!

I can't figure why they'd get rid of Flynn. He's extremely talented, and I'm betting attached enough to the role to work even for very little.

P.S. Thanks

Dulcinea:

Frostbite3789:

Dulcinea:
I'd forgotten all about this game... Yeah, can't say any news of it is exciting. I'll let the series have its semi-dignified death on MGS4.

Peace Walker was great.

Also, this is a downer.

Never played it. Forgot all about it, actually. Opps.

Blame Monster Hunter!

Y'know...Peace Walker actually has a monster hunter mode once you beat all the Extra Ops. Just throwing that out there.

Frostbite3789:

Dulcinea:

Frostbite3789:

Peace Walker was great.

Also, this is a downer.

Never played it. Forgot all about it, actually. Opps.

Blame Monster Hunter!

Y'know...Peace Walker actually has a monster hunter mode once you beat all the Extra Ops. Just throwing that out there.

Serious? Ha. That sounds kinda... interesting. A copy must be dirt cheap by now.

I may have no love for Raiden but Flynn is a great voice actor. I also can't fathom the idea of having a Metal Gear Solid title without a Snake even making an appearance in it.

Time will tell if this will be a flop or not.

When Cyber Ninja was voiced by Rob Paulson in the GCN version of MGS1, I did not mind.
But I guess that was not the main character.
Except for Cam Clarke and David Hayder I do not think I am *so* attached to all the voice actors but Raiden is pretty huge so I may change that opinion when I hear an English trailer.

Well I do hope he gets the job, it'd be kind of a dick move if they didn't give it to him...

Why would they drop them (assuming this story is the truth)? Both did amazing jobs in the games and I fail to see how making them having the same voices really makes the games feel exactly like the main MGS series.

Hmmm.. why wouldn't they use him? It would be odd not to.

That said, I also wouldn't treat IMDB as a reliable source of production info, the site is notoriously rife with wild speculation regarding unreleased stuff. It could just be a fan making an assumption...

Raiden in MGS2 = Annoying

Raiden in MGS4 = Beyond badass

Both of those times, his voice factored on the experience. Hearing Reno/Axel trying to be tough was just...bad. But whatever Flynn did in MGS4, it fit VERY well. I hope Flynn ends up getting called in for this game, and for Mr. Kojima to see that they're ruining his franchise when he's not on board.

Maybe they wanted to get everything finished before recording English voices?

Either way, I hope they get Quinton Flynn back to do Raiden. I can't imagine him being voiced by anyone else.

Forget rising, how about they do one more Big Boss games showing how he became a villain in Metal Gear? and then one last one where you play as The Boss giving us a little insight on her character?

Hayter? Hayter! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYTERR!!!! (Someone had to do it :P)

I can only hope this resolves itself with both actors being called upon-MGS doesn't work without its excellent voice talent/.

They will be fools do ditch Flynn he is a great voice actor. As for a 2012 release? I think that's VERY optimistic, I wouldn't be surprised if this game is never heard of again.

Well, if this game is in video game hell... let it stay there. Metal Gear has been laid to rest and just leave it that way. If you get rid of the VAs just don't bother with it. Take the mechanics and make a different game.

Adamc-mh:
Forget rising, how about they do one more Big Boss games showing how he became a villain in Metal Gear?

We have MGS3 and its ending, what more do you need?

LightspeedJack:
As for a 2012 release? I think that's VERY optimistic, I wouldn't be surprised if this game is never heard of again.

Why is that?

Anyways: I think they just want to keep out the voice actors until the very last minute as a reaction to what happened with Assassin's Creed...

allistairp:
It's also possible that Konami acquired new voice actors to further distance this spin-off from the rest of the MGS series ... thus using Flynn would only confuse players.

Say what?

MGS Rising is meant to be set between MGS2 and MGS4 and apparently should give us some insight as to how Raiden went from whining idiot to total badass. He was voiced by Flynn in both those games... I would say that changing his voice actor during that period would be the one thing that DOES confuse players. It sure has confused me...

Anyway, if you want to distance this game from the main series, changing the voice actor for an already established character doesn't sound like the way to go. Just change the story and setting, move away from the Metal Gear mech variants and the Patriots and do something different with it.

I hope Flynn gets this role again. I'm willing to give Raiden another chance.

He's a great voice actor and I can't imagine Raiden without him, I don't understand the intense hatred some fans have for the character, he gets annoying at times but nothing that ruined the experience for me. Not to mention this is set between 2 and 4, so it would be weird to not have him doing it, I could understand if it was set years later or something.

I keep forgetting about this game and it seems odd that we haven't heard anything about it in ages. I hope they're not having trouble, because while I'm not as excited due to Kojima not being the main guy behind it, it's a Metal Gear game and I will get it straight away.

I'm expecting this game to be delayed until 2013 if nothing comes up at E3 this year.

 

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