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Hayter to voice Snake

Familiar faces return to MGS4.

Konami has revealed that David Hayter will be returning to voice the ageing Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot.

His gravelly tones will be complimented by Quinton Flynn, Paul Eiding and Christopher Randolph who reprise their roles as the voices of Raiden, Roy Campbell and Hal ‘Otacon' Emmerich, respectively. All will work under the beady eye of Kris Zimmerman, who's charged with directing the vocal talent.

Hideo Kojima and Shuyo Murata will be inking the script, in what is panning out to be the biggest and best Metal Gear Solid outing in the series' history.

"I couldn't be more excited about this game," beamed David Hayter. "What I've seen of Metal Gear Solid 4 has absolutely blown me away. To bring the focus of the story back to Solid Snake, and to work with Kris Zimmerman and many of the amazing actors that provided iconic voices for the previous games, is like coming home."

"I'm so proud and grateful to have been involved with Mr. Kojima on this legendary video game series for nearly a decade. This game is going to plunge players into the ultimate Metal Gear Solid experience. And personally, I can't wait to play it."

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots follows an older Solid Snake as he returns to the battlefield to confront a life-long rival. Private Military Companies run this world though, led by ambitious bigwigs, and Snake will have to call up a cast of old friends if he hopes to prevail.

Hayter, not a bad script writer in his own right, is featured in today's Kojima Productions podcast, talking about his involvement in the series. Head over to the KP website to have a listen.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is due out on PlayStation 3 in the latter half of 2007.