Nearly 30 years later and we're still learning more about Mega Man X1. A segment from an old episode of GamePro TV was recently unearthed (hiding out on YouTube for over ten years!) and it features long-lost footage of an early pre-release build. Chief among the many differences, there's a very brief shot of a completely unused, never-before-seen Maverick!
The strange beast first appears at the 8:22 mark above. You can see what appears to be a VERY early stage select screen, which leads to a side portrait of the unused Maverick. A full-body sprite appears seconds later in a flash.
The quality isn't the best, but you can definitely make out a snout, tusks, pincers, massive shoulders and a curved tail. It looks a bit like an amalgamation of Sting Chameleon and Spark Mandrill, doesn't it? Or some kind of scorpion-boar thing?
Make no mistake - we've NEVER seen this guy before. No concept art exists, not even within the pages of Mega Man X: Official Complete Works. It's a total mystery.
Pending additional footage (if there is any) we can only speculate and wonder. For now, well... fan-artists, will you answer the call here?
Thanks much to CrAzy for the tip!