South African retailer BT Games provided a product listing for Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 and began taking pre-orders for Dead Space 3, both of which are as-of-yet-unannounced titles.
The listings gave no information other than the titles of the games, so they could easily have been placeholders. Still, they corroborate the mounting pile of rumors about the existence of both of the games.
The Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 leak is the first substantial news that has come out about the title. Criterion Games created a job posting looking for an AI programmer capable of creating “believable, open world AI Racing Drivers.” Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 had a somewhat limited open world, at least in comparison to Criterion Games’ Burnout Paradise, so the job posting could indicate a return to free roaming, and a new direction for the Most Wanted title.
Dead Space 3 was a little more-leaked than Need for Speed- a bad sign that game news leaks are being measured in degrees at this point. Some information was leaked in September by an Israeli news show called “The Headlines.” The news story, hosted on IGN, gave viewers a glimpse of the Dead Space 3 logo and some concept art.
Siliconera also leaked several plot details shortly after, citing an anonymous source. Allegedly, Dead Space 3 will feature Isaac on a frozen planet called Tau Volantis, where he must brave blizzards and an enemy called “the hive mind” in order to save former colleague Ellie.
So, while BT Game’s fumble doesn’t add much to what is already known about either game, it corroborates some stories which had already been present in the rumor mill. It probably wouldn’t be a dangerous bet to expect a formal announcement of either title at E3, but given how much is already known, expectations may be a little lower to see something at the conference by EA that hasn’t already been leaked.