This agent was a member of Cipher's strike force, XOF. He was present at Lamar Khaate Palace with the orders to kill a CIA agent because he stumbled upon sensitive information relating to XOF. He also had a four-man search team and a transport truck driver search for the agent, all colluding with XOF. He had also been involved in the capture of an observation post to the north of Lamar Khaate Palace, which likewise resulted in him figuring out the CIA agent's location.
He ultimately ended up stopped and captured by the Diamond Dogs leader Venom Snake (who had also learned of his impending arrival thanks to the group's Intel Team reporting on it), who had himself been present to rescue the CIA agent in question, before he could silence his target, and upon being interrogated, admitted to what his true purpose was, and also made clear that despite their leader, Skull Face's then-recent demise at Serak Power Plant, XOF itself not only was still in operation, but that their orders came through "the same channel as always". This left Diamond Dogs' XO, Kazuhira Miller, confused and disturbed due to the inherent implications of whether the group's former leader, Major Zero, was still capable of giving orders to the group in spite of his impending vegetative state due to Skull Face's earlier actions to him, or even worse, that someone else calling the shots for both XOF and Cipher.
Behind the scenes
The XOF agent was a major character in Mission 32: To Know Too Much. He was the subject of a mission task, "Extract the Soviet soldier planning to execute the CIA agent." Doing so will lead to an expanded post-credits debriefing that reveals that XOF was still active despite Skull Face's death. Also, the agent will be recruited into Diamond Dogs after being released from the brig.
If the XOF agent is interrogated, he will claim to be a Soviet soldier.
Notes and references
- ^ a b Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
Mission 32 debriefing (after extracting the XOF agent):
Kazuhira Miller: [...]Those men hunting for the target were Soviet troops who were colluding with the XOF. After securing the north observation post and learning the target's location, XOF sent assassins to eliminate him. Skull Face had turned XOF into his personal army, but the organization continues to exist even after his death. According to the man you extracted, their orders came through the same channel as always But is Zero really able to give orders in his current state? Or is somebody else calling the shots for XOF? For Cipher? What the hell...
- ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015)
XOF agent: "I am... a soldier of the Soviet 40th Army".