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Concept art

The Sky Guard (空中兵) is a scrapped enemy character from Strider 2, designed by Masanori Kondo and part of the "Kondo Troops", a term the staff used to refer to a number of enemies he created that were rejected because their outlandish designs didn't mesh well with the game's world view.[1]

The Sky Guard appears as a large, spherical machine with a human head protruding from its front, with four extensions coming from the back and two massive guns at each side of the machine. It appears the enemy would have worked similarly to a large Flying Turret, flying around and shooting at Hiryu. Due to its apparent size, it may have been planned to be a boss character.

Although its unknown if he was planned for any stage in particular, its mechanical design may indicate it was intended for the 2nd stage, Fortress Wahnen.

References[]

  1. Capcom (1999). Capcom Secret File #26: Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Pg. 5
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