Open Bionics, in collaboration with Konami, presented an official Metal Gear Solid branded version of the Hero Arm, the artificial prosthetic arm that allows those without one of the limbs to perform certain but indispensable daily routine actions.
“We are thrilled that the iconic Metal Gear aesthetic of Venom Snake and his bionic arm comes off the screen to come to life,” said Takayuki Kubo, president of Konami.
In a promotional video Daniel Melville, spokesman for Open Bionics, a company founded in 2008 in Bristol and dedicated to the design and dissemination of low-cost bionic limbs, shows the appearance and functionality of this new miracle of technology and aesthetics. Red and black in color, it will trace as faithfully as possible the artificial limb worn by Venom Snake, the protagonist of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The phantom pain is precisely that experienced by the protagonist of the title, who, having found himself disabled from the arm since the first hours of the game, is forced to equip himself with deadly prosthetic supportable to make up for this serious lack. A link between fiction and reality that seems to be for Daniel more a sign of destiny than a professional choice, given the boy’s passion for gaming and in particular for the Konami saga.
Melville had previously sponsored in 2018, again for Open Bionics, the arm inspired by the character of Adam Jansen, protagonist of the videogame developed by Eidos Montreal, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. However, since it was only a prototype it was not possible to articulate complex movements with the hand.
The new version of the Hero Arm, on the other hand, will make it possible to make up for the enormous lack due to the absence of one of the limbs at a minimum and for a budget price. And he will do it with Kojima’s style too.
Surely a good story that combines a passion for gaming with science and technology that can really improve people’s lives.