In a blunt interview with Game Informer’s podcast, David Hayter, the longtime voice of Solid Snake until 2014’s Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and last year’s Phantom Pain, indicated that Konami and Kojima Productions had tried to get rid of him before.
Hayter told Game Informer he had to re-audition for his role in 2004’s Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
While I understand the disappointment, his handling of this whole thing has been discouraging to see as a longtime fan. Hayter is a successful screenwriter and has voiced numerous video game characters including the various Snakes since 1998. He has had and will continue to have a great career, with or without Metal Gear and Konami. In this situation, he should take the high road.