Konami helping engineers create bionic arm for amputee with ‘The Phantom Limb Project’

Konami is collaborating with Sophie De Oliviera Barata of The Alternative Limb Project to give a gamer an MGS inspired bionic arm. You can read a detailed description of ‘The Phantom Limb Project’ in the official press release below.


Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced it is working with one of the UK’s leading creators of prosthetic limbs to create a bespoke bionic arm for a young gamer.

Inspired by the prosthetic limb seen in KONAMI’s METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, KONAMI is working closely with renowned prosthetics artist, Sophie De Oliviera Barata and a team of engineers, roboticists and product designers, to produce a highly stylized and multi-functional limb for 25-year-old James Young, drawing from the Metal Gear Solid aesthetic. James tragically lost an arm and a leg when he was dragged on to the tracks, between two carriages of the London DLR as it was pulling in. Despite his loss, James refuses to let it interrupt his life and hobbies of travel and video games. He has become extremely adept at playing games one-handed, and was carefully selected by Sophie as a candidate comfortable with the idea of an eye-catching alternative limb and who would benefit from the capabilities it offered.

Sophie De Oliviera Barata started her career making hyper-realistic prosthetic limbs for amputees, but realized there was huge demand for more unique adaptations; ones that reflected the personality of its user. This lead her to establish the Alternative Limb Project, wherein users could have a say in their prosthetic, creating limbs that people look at in amazement instead of looking away. Her past designs have included SteamPunk arms and cyborg-inspired legs, and she also designed the crystal leg used by amputee performer Viktoria Modesta during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics. She enjoys a reputation as an innovator and a free-thinker and has given talks at TED and the Wired Medical Event about her work and its effects.

KONAMI instigated the project to highlight the stunning work Sophie produces and is working closely to create a limb ideally suited to James’ tastes and needs. In METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, series hero Snake (Big Boss) awakes from a 9-year coma following the traumatic finale to its prologue METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES to discover his left arm has been removed due to extensive damage. During the course of the game, he adapts and expands the capabilities of his cybernetic replacement until it becomes a vital part of his arsenal.

The production and development of James’ limb is being tracked in a very personal documentary, which will follow the creation and production of the limb, with Sophie and James working together on the project. James is a huge fan of KONAMI’s METAL GEAR SOLID series and is aware how many of the themes in the game parallel the challenges and opportunities he faces. KONAMI has also created a dedicated Blog to the project – www.ThePhantomLimbProject.com – and this and the documentary will showcase the technology being used, the design process from concept to reality, and James getting to grips with the bespoke prosthetic.

The ‘Alternative Limb Project’ blog will go live from today with the documentary to follow after the completion and successful use of the limb in January.

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Source: Konami UK

  • César H. Sandoval

    I don’t understand Konami.

    One day they do something amazing for the fans and franchise, the other they fire people working on it.

    Will be monitoring the project anyway, looks like a cool gesture.

    • There are some great people working at Konami.

      • Alex

        The top executives still have to approve such investments surely. The same guys that have done shady things.
        But I guess even demons can be saints.

    • Danny Patten

      Weeeeeeeell, the hard reality would be just that Konami is funding this and in return can out their name on it.

      • Soyel

        It turns out that guys with 2 arms are much more profitable to them so they can pull a pachinko lever.

  • BurntFM
  • XIFF-5

    WOW! A good step forward for KONAMI.

  • Dr. Miles Manners


    • César H. Sandoval


  • Be all over the place, why don’t you, Konami?

  • Theo Heisenberg Constantine

    once the arm is finished im sure there will be microtransactions for some of its “features”

    • César H. Sandoval

      Every extra finger will cost him 1200 MB coins and 3 months develpment time.

  • Venom_Sina


  • Joaquin Romero Victorica

    This is the game we wanted instead of operation medic V

    • If people wanted a different game they should make it themselves. This is Kojima’s game.

      • Joaquin Romero Victorica

        A hideo non metal gear game . Yes of course

        • OcelotSilver

          Could you stop embarrassing yourself? I know you gotta big stick up your ass about Kojima not making Venom Grey Fox and fulfilling your dumb fan-fictions but could you not ruin it for others by constantly displaying your sore asshole?

        • Spectralbuttplug

          He did warn you and stop your fake bullshit.Go see his interview when he announced project ogre.

      • VenomSnake421

        I don’t think it will flop, it may well have more story than MGSV

        • What will?

          • VenomSnake421

            Konami’s MGS without Kojima.

          • Well that’s an entirely different discussion.

    • BurntFM

      A little pretentious saying “we” I’m sure you’re delusional at this point so I won’t even delve into why this image doesn’t represent MGS in any way. Let the fan art know it’s place.

      • FoxTamerMGO

        Let’s be honest.. seeing Solid Snake vs Big Boss with Fox Engine even if it’s just a remake would be better than MGSV

    • Venom_Sina

      Yeah,it’s cool to have this,but I just wanted a complex a beautiful story,and V didn’t give me that unfortunately.It’s about a random medic (or me),fine,but at least deliver a good story,something to be remembered like the old entries,but no.At least that was the case for me.I entered the world of V for story,but what I got was repetitive gameplay,exactly like what Ubisoft deliver in their games.If I wanted to play Assassin’s Creed/Farcry,I would’ve bought those,not V.I know a lot of people enjoyed V,good for them,but V for me was a punch in the face/middle finger.

      • Spectralbuttplug

        Sorry dude but you were warned.Idk what to say if you blame it all on hideo

    • VenomSnake421

      Whos that?

      • Venom_Sina

        Probably Gray Fox (the standing guy).The other one,I don’t know him.I never met this person,lol.

        • VenomSnake421

          Its BB.

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah,I know.I was joking.See the “lol” in the end of my comment.

          • Full Options

            😀 who is this guy again ? xD Never heard of him too…

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah.Who is BB?lol.

          • Full Options

            Right, this guy looks more like a medic !

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Yeah a random medic who is apparently a s+++ in MSF lol

    • Don’t generalize me in your “we” bullshit.

      • Joaquin Romero Victorica

        Of course your a poor blind fanboy who actually doesn’t think and your self awareness has the same capabilities of a mouse . i’m not counting on you don’t worry

        • You’re just a salty no life Jack ass who months later is still bitching. Just move on man… for fucks sake

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Why don’t you block him?Days later I realize what mistake I did.And the konami lawsuit was true btw

        • xalener


          • If we were correcting all this dudes typos we’d have to start another thread.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Stop saying the same thing over and over.Are you a fucking parrot?And kojima did warn us about project ogre.And if konami didn’t threaten him with a lawsuit we could have got a complete game

      • Joaquin Romero Victorica

        Konami lawsuit hahahaha. Keep inventing thinks and make your bullshit something straith out of your ass. 80 usd millions and kojima is responsable. Fuc% this tpp fanboys im out of here . outhere you know when you live on the real life

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Dude you are retarded

  • Boldizar

    What possible insight would Konami have?

  • MrVux007

    Really wishing there was a block option, for Disqus…

    • Venom_Sina

      I think there’s a flag option available.

      • MrVux007

        I know about the flag system,but that mostly works for toxic behaviour(verbal abuse) and spam… you can report someone for being a douchebag but in most cases it won’t work …
        but they really should make an option to permanently hide posts from people you want…

        • Venom_Sina

          I think the best option is to report to moderators and they will do the rest.Try that next time.It should work.We got great moderators here.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Im sorry im really sorry
      * starts to cry
      Joaquin must stop shoving his opinions in our asses

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