|This article is about a non-canonical topic in the Metal Gear series.|
During the late stages of the Cold War, a Metal Gear was developed by United States forces in Eldera, while the country was still governed by a pro-U.S. dictatorship. Matt Campbell, a DIA agent and Marine, was involved in the mission. Following U.S. withdrawal from Eldera toward the end of the Cold War, and a subsequent civil war instigated by members of Spetsnaz (specifically Sergei Gurlukovich and his men), the Metal Gear lay forgotten and records of its development were sealed.
Sometime after the Shadow Moses Incident, the Marines recovered the Metal Gear from Eldera and placed it on board a Marine-owned tanker. However, shortly afterwards, the tanker was attacked and hijacked by mercenaries led by Gurlukovich. The Marine Corps was tight-lipped about the incident, although Roy Campbell managed to deduce what had happened. Three days later, Solid Snake was dispatched to the tanker to quell the situation at Campbell's request. Snake initially believed that the weapon was simply a copy of Metal Gear REX, due to Revolver Ocelot having leaked the REX data worldwide, although he discovered otherwise when he looked under its tarp and noticed its significantly aged appearance.
Although it was initially believed that the Gurlukovich Mercenaries intended to give the Metal Gear to the Elderan guerrillas, Gurlukovich revealed that he actually intended to salvage its nuclear-equipped ballistic missiles and launch system, a valuable commodity in the post-Cold War age. The Metal Gear was later discovered to be significantly obsolete and a failure, barely worth more than scrap metal, with nukes that were nothing more than cheap imitations.
Behind the scenes
The Metal Gear was created for the non-canonical Snake Tales story "Confidential Legacy," featured in Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. Due to the low-budget storytelling nature of Snake Tales, the Metal Gear is never actually seen within gameplay or in the story.
|Walking vehicles (nuclear strategy)|
|Metal Gear RAXA — Intercontinental Ballistic Metal Gear |
Peace Walker (Basilisk) — Metal Gear ZEKE
Metal Gear Sahelanthropus
|Shagohod — AI weapons (Pupa, Chrysalis, Cocoon) |
Walker Gear — Battle Gear — Metal Gear G (Gustav)
Arsenal Gear — Outer Haven — Gekko — Metal Gear Mk. II / III
Metal Gear EXCELSUS
|Non-canon Metal Gears|
|Metal Gear 1 / VRC-4 (Supercomputer) — Metal Gear 2 — Metal Gear GANDER |
Metal Gear (Eldera) — Metal Gear KODOQUE — Metal Gear Chaioth Ha Qadesh