It’s time for another installment of video game concept art being leaked on the web and this time it revolves around a bundle of presumably canceled EA projects. The amazing internet sleuth that is the Superannuation blog has uncovered a bundle of art that former EA artist Ross Dearsley posted on his blog.
Most of the posts on the blog are rather old but I’m pretty sure this is the first time anyone has seen concept art of Road Rash, the Syndicate remake/reboot and EA’s Oliver Twist game. Yes, EA had their aspirations set on adapting classic literature before Dante’s Inferno.
The concept art for EA’s canned relaunch of Road Rash is rather limited but it does give us a small insight on what sort of tone the game was aiming for and it almost has vibes of SSX in a way. After having a video of an early prototype build leak awhile ago and now with this concept art leaking I guess it’s a matter of time before a former EA dev takes a chance and fills us in on what sort of game mechanics EA had planned for the relaunch of the once mighty Road Rash.
Dearsley also posted some art for an Oliver Twist project that EA was developing. Now despite how some may feel about Dante’s Inferno and how it adapts a classic piece of literature, Oliver Twist actually doesn’t look to bad. Maybe I’m just being naïve but Oliver Twist looked like it had some potential to be an interesting game, especially from a narrative standpoint.
Rounding out the boatload of art Dearsley posted over the past few years was some amazing art for an EA project called Gun Head which as the name implies featured a hero whose head could transform into various guns. Also posted was art for EA’s Syndicate remake which was rumored to be under development by Starbreeze (Riddick, The Darkness) at some point.
But my favorite piece posted by Dearsley was his concept art for Batman: Arkham Asylum which shows a version of the Joker that looks like a combination of Dr. Rockzo (Metalocalypse) and Lemmy Kilmister.
To view more of Dearsley's art I highly suggest you check out his blog before everything is pulled.
I love road Rash. It was one of my favorite games growing up. In a lot of ways I think it was the main building block in unlockables and teh whole NFS style of gaming.
Woah awesome art! Man, I would love a really well done Road Rash game. So much fun.