Tuesday, August 19, 2008
RUMOR: 'Rockman Rockman 2' Concept Artwork Surfaces *UPDATE*
According to PRC tipsters, “Z00t” and “Anonymous”, concept artwork of ''Rockman Rockman 2” apparently surfaced on the popular Japanese image board 2ch. The topic is long gone, but thankfully Z00t and Anonymous managed to jot down the gist of it:
-An anonymous 2ch user discussed his recent purchase of “Irregular Hunter X” concept sketches from Yahoo! Auctions Japan. To his dismay they weren't originals, rather photo copies.
-Ten minutes later, he reveals that the final sketch in the bundle was not related to IHX at all, rather, it appeared to be concept artwork from the seemingly canceled Rockman Rockman 2.
-Moments later, several other 2ch users demand to see the piece.
-The following hour, OP (original poster) returned with a scan of the concept artwork. (As seen above)
-OP mentions that the back of the piece contains the date '3/6/06', approximately three days after Rockman Rockman's domestic release. The back was scanned, but neither Z00t nor Anonymous saved the picture in time, topic had disappeared the next hour.
-Anonymous mentioned that several 2ch users doubted the piece, deeming it fan art. However, there were quite a few believers.
Personally, I don't know what to make of this. The artwork does look “official”, though something feels kinda off about it. It's definitely possible this is legitimate based on the datethe art was was conceived (3/6/08). If memory serves me right, Inafune once mentioned Rockman Rockman 2 was in pre production during Rockman Rockman's development. If that's the case, then this may indeed be artwork from this pre production phase.
For now, we can only make assumptions. Don't jump to conclusions yet, this is after all...another rumor.
Thanks Z00t and Anonymous
It's 100% fake, so is this. Nothing more than really good fan art. Thanks Ageman20XX and Zan