Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 (lost early version of racing game; 2011)
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Need For Speed Most Wanted 2 is an early version of the game that eventually evolved into Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012), which was published by Electronic Arts and developed by Criterion Games.
Most Wanted 2 was conceived as a working title around 2011. The game would have been a direct sequel to the original Most Wanted of 2005 and would have included many elements from previous games in the series, such as car customization options and a storyline. These concepts, however, were ultimately scrapped, and the final release was radically different, with little influence from the 2005 game other than its title. A lot of the cut content can be found in the game's files.
In late 2016, a thread on Need for Speed Theories discussing unused content from the game was created, which, among other things, presented leaked concept art from a developer portfolio. In 2017, Youtube channel Obscure Gamers shared gameplay footage of a prototype build of the game.
The gameplay footage shows an initial cutscene narrated by what may be the main protagonist. The player can freely drive through a vast open world. As in other Need for Speed games, escaping from the police is a prominent part of the gameplay. The player can use weapons such as "spike strips" against police cars in pursuit, another feature that was removed from the final release.