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Proto:Skullgirls

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This page details one or more prototype versions of Skullgirls.

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This page sucks.
If you could make it suck less, that would be awesome.
Specifically: Better documentation then just throwing some images on a page.

The earliest public prototype of Skullgirls is dated September 16, 2005, over six years before the game's release. Nearly everything in these prototypes except for character design was discarded in the final game.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Properly document the various prototypes floating around the web.
  • There's a bunch of pre-release stuff here.
  • Re-find the Zinac prototype and get it saved somewhere safe to link to? (I couldn't find it myself.)
  • An early pre-alpha build of the PlayStation 3 version was released.

UI, Character Sprites, Movesets

r26 Proto (2006) Zinac Proto (2008?) Final
Skullgirlsprotor26 screenshot.png Skullgirlsprotoboneyard.jpeg Skullgirlsfinallook.png

Skullgirls restarted development twice: once after original programmer Ryan Tharp was replaced by Zinac, and again after Zinac was replaced by Mike Zaimont (the programmer/designer of the final release). Each time, almost all of the art, programming, and game design was overhauled.

The massive amount of changes make direct comparisons very difficult, as the prototypes share little in common with the final game.

Main Menu

r17 r26 Zinac

Several different logos were used for the prototypes' main menus.

Stages

Road stage (r17) Anna Killer stage (r26) Boneyard stage (Zinac) Courtyard stage (Reverge Labs)

None of the stages created in the pre-Reverge Labs prototypes made it into the final game. Courtyard, despite appearing in prototype builds of modern-day Skullgirls, was never completed or released.

Character Select

Character select (r15) Character select (r17) Character select (r26) Character select (Zinac)

Earlier character select menu designs only displayed a single character at a time, requiring you to scroll through all available characters. Later designs realized that was a little silly.

Music

menu_intro

menu_loop

jazz_loop

Main menu theme.

ramp

Character select (r15-17).

tech_loop

Fighting music.