A Soviet bionics engineer was the original creator of Venom Snake's prosthetic hand. In 1984, he unsuccessfully tried to defect from the Afghanistan base camp, due to unhappiness over being put to work creating machines that didn't fully utilize his skills.[1]

The engineer was captured and brought to Wakh Sind Barracks as a prisoner. He was later rescued by Venom Snake, with the engineer recognizing his prosthetic arm as being his "masterpiece," and was recruited into Diamond Dogs' R&D department. where he proceeded to submit a proposal for modifications to Venom Snake's prosthetic arm in return. There, he continued to work on the prosthetic hand, modifying it for Snake.[2] It was suggested by Miller that he might've been working on Metal Gear Sahelanthropus in Afghanistan.[3]

Behind the scenes

The Bionics Engineer is a key character in the mission "Over the Fence" for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. He has a unique appearance (unlike other recruits) and is the only playable character in the game to wear glasses. Before a patch, if one replayed Over the Fence multiple times, multiple versions of the engineer will appear on Mother Base, with his skills increasing with each rescue. However, post-patch, with each replay and rescue, the original will instead be overwritten with the higher-skilled version.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Soviet Bionics Engineer: That prosthetic... You [Venom Snake] are wearing one of my creations, my masterpiece. My specialty is not humdrum mechanics. My field is bionics. I create hybrids of organisms and artifacts. You can think of that prosthetic as a "bionic arm." I made countless artificial limbs in the service of the Motherland. Many of them I presented to the Kremlin. And this is the thanks I get. "Make giant hands for our new weapons platform," they tell me. I am a bionical engineer! Yet they waste my time on wind-up toys. I could not stand it, so I ran... but got caught. Now it is a lager for me. You saved me - now hire me. I can upgrade your bionic arm, eh? Let me continue my research.
    The above speech is given if the player carries the bionics engineer before Fultoning him.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    "Over the Fence" debriefing
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: The engineer we rescued has been extremely cooperative. The guys on the R&D Team are glad to have him aboard. Thing is, his specialty isn't mechanics, but something called "bionics" - engineering based on... biology. He's already submitted a proposal for modifying your [Venom Snake's] prosthetic arm. If you're interested, go ahead and give the development order.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: The target's an engineer. A mechanical engineer, to be precise. That prosthesis you're using is apparently one of his creations. So you know... first-hand just how good this guy is. It'd be a damn waste to let them kill him. Get him out of there in one piece. Though I gotta say, what was a mechanics whiz doing in a place like that? It's just as we suspected - they must be developing some kind of weapon [Metal Gear Sahelanthropus] in that region...

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