Sit down, close your eyes and take yourself back to 2004. Recall, if you will, that the earliest screenshots for Mega Man X: Command Mission
featured X wearing his original blue armor (albeit slightly stylized). This was a time before Capcom incorporated the now fan-favorite "Stealth Armor
". If memory isn't your strong suit, it originally looked like this
. In 2010, additional screenshots of this unused, unarmored state were discovered lurking inside the E3 2004 demo build
Flash forward to today, I am pleased to report that a startling discover has been made among The Cutting Room Floor
community. A one Chris Shade was poking around inside the retail GameCube version of the game when, to his surprise, he found a "demo" folder. Inside, Chris found model and texture data for X's unused armor. That's right: it's been hiding under our noses this whole time. Sixteen years, in fact.
Chris took the liberty of extracting the model, which you can download here
. If you have the know-how, you can restructure it to look like the above image. And if you're a real wizard, you might be able to mod it *back in* to Command Mission
. You could even put it in Grad Theft Auto V
, I dunno. I leave that in your hands.
So yeah; this is a pretty neat discovery. It goes to show you that we're still learning new things about some of our favorite games after all these years!