As expected, Kiefer Sutherland will assume the role of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Konami confirmed the news in its pre-recorded E3 extravaganza just moments ago, which is already kicking up some killer GIF images on NeoGAF. Is there nothing that those guys can’t turn into a meme?

Sutherland – who is best known for portraying Jack Bauer in the television show 24 – will record motion capture and voice work for the game. He’ll be replacing fan favourite David Hayter, who has voiced all of the previous incarnations of Snake, but confirmed that he will not be reprising his role earlier in the year.

Are you disappointed by this news? It was expected, but there had been lingering hope that this was just another of series creator Hideo Kojima’s ruses. Sutherland is obviously a great actor, but it’s just not going to be the same without Hayter, is it?