Konami is Making a Metal Gear Solid Prosthetic Arm for a British Amputee

By Julian Benson on at

Konami has partnered with designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata to make a very special prosthetic arm.

The arm is planned to be a functioning version of the same arm that Snake is equipped with in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (though probably without the ability to launch itself as a guided rocket) and it's to be given to James Young, a 25-year-old who lost an arm and a leg when he was pulled between two carriages of one of London's DLR trains.

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Young's a keen gamer and since his accident has learned to play with a single hand. However, Konami is offering him the prosthetic and plans to produce a documentary that shows De Oliveira Barata and Young working together to developer the Snake-styled limb.

De Oliveira Barata has been working on stylistic prosthetics since she realised amputees didn't necessarily want to to go simply for realism. In the past she has made limbs that look more scifi or steam punk that realistic.

She gave a fascinating talk at TedxBrixton about creating prosthetics as surrealist art:

You'll be able to read about it on The Phantom Limb Project's website.

The documentary is due to be released in January.