Where did you find the conceptual art for Vastedge XT?
The story goes that the artwork was “leaked” a number of years ago and put on a Chinese Server Website called Taobao (I’m not entirely sure the circumstances at this point in time, only that it involved a few individuals from Dustloop).
At first, because so few people understood or recognized it as official artwork from a game that was “still in development” at the time, only a few people knew about it. And those that did know, thought it was just “really good fanart” at first.
After some time passed, certain individuals in the fan community “bought” the pictures from the server in order to get a good look at them… which pretty much confirmed their suspicions that this was in fact from a Guilty Gear game, given the contents of the artwork, as even artwork for characters from Guilty Gear 2 Overture was in it.
Furthermore, as Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- was being teased in its debut trailer, it featured Millia Rage and Zato=ONE at the end of the trailer… Millia’s costume design in Xrd at the time was all-but identical to that of the concept of her for these leaked images.
The controversial discussion blew up, and eventually Yamanaka and the rest of ARC System Works announced (probably prematurely) over Twitter their release of the Pachislot prequel to Guilty Gear Xrd, titled “Guilty Gear VastEdge XT”. The timing seemed very awkward to say the least, not to mention containing spoilers concerning Dizzy and conflicting info about Sin of all things.
At the time there wasn’t much in way of discussion from ARCSys about the leak, but it was probably something they eventually dealt with further down the line. Keep in mind that Pachislot games don’t have high security like an Arcade board such as Sega’s RingEdge 2.
As far as where one can get the leaked artwork from VastEdge, I think Dustloop’s Zepp Museum could probably dig it up from their archives… otherwise, I can always see what I can do about making a .zip archive or something of that nature if it’s not accessible anywhere else.
Keep in mind, this artwork is STILL considered leaked content… and probably against ARC System Works’ approval to upload and distribute, even if the damage has already been done.
Here’s a Timeline of events to make this easier to understand:
—Early experiments in 3D graphics for GG in 2007 weren’t very successful.
—First concepts for GGXrd emerged in 2008 with production starting in 2011 along with a prototype movie that convinced them to continue with 3D design.
—Guilty Gear “VastEdge” artwork appears “for sale” on Chinese Website “Taobao” (the equivalent of Ebay) in 2011. Most fans think it is just concept art for cosplay and do not think much of it… at first…
—Production for GGXrd ramps up to full scale mid-2012 until the end of 2013.
—Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Trailer is released to the public May 19th or so…
—September 10th, due to the trailer from GGXrd… it all but confirms the suspicions of fans who had seen the concept art from Taobao, and they decide to purchase the artwork to get a better look at it… confirming the artwork was a leak.
—September 12th, 2013 (just two days later), Yamanaka announces Guilty Gear VastEdge XT as a Pachislot game in lieu of the art leak.
To this day, even Japanese fans of Guilty Gear are still confused by what happened, since U.S. fans were the first to discover the leak!