The WeaponLord redesign project started out of my love of low fantasy. Think Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian style characters, settings and action and you get the idea. This is barbarians, evil spirits, and monsters going head to head with steel and dark magic in a one on one fighting game.
The original game has a wealth of amazing ideas, images, and gameplay options, many of which were ahead of their time, but it was limited by the technology of the early 1990s. I, along with my friend and fellow artist Rich Doak, wanted to take those characters and bring them into the HD age, while remaining true to their roots in the colorful, comic book inspired look of the 90s original.
We even went so far as to hunt down some of the original team members, including WeaponLord project leader James Goddard. The thought was to just show them what we had done, tell them how much we enjoyed the original concept and show what could be done with it with modern technology. This is what James had to say about our redesigns:
"The work George and Rich have done surpasses fan art, I can totally see the modern version of this game in motion and I want to play this now! It reminds me why 20 years ago, the WeaponLord team put everything we had into making this visceral barbarian fantasy and it is really cool to see the dream is living on in art like this. Amazing work guys!"
This is a project that we started just for fun, but we'd love to see it become a reality someday.
Mockup Screenshots - The backgrounds in the images below are by Glenn Kim and are property of Namco.
Warning - Incoming Semi-Legal Jargon:
WeaponLord is a game that was developed by Visual Concepts and published by Namco (as Namco Hometek, Inc.) on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.
WeaponLord is a registered trademark and © 1995 Namco Hometek, Inc.
The art here, unless otherwise specified, is purely fan art done for fun. I claim no ownership of the original game, its characters or trademarks.
The fan art redesigns showcased here are © 2015 George Sellas.
The background paintings featured in the mockup screenshots were done by the extremely talented original WeaponLord team member, Glenn Kim, as concept art for the in-game backgrounds. I claim no ownership of these background paintings and I'm using them only to put a backdrop on the action and updated UI that I've designed.
To sum up, I don't own WeaponLord. I'm just a fan doing fan art of the characters.
The backgrounds are by Glenn Kim and I take no credit for them.