|Buses are behind barriers in the final game|
A reader and contributor to the Junkyard named James very recently contacted me to express his excitement at securing a large bundle of pre-production GDs in a private sale, and it turned out that several of the discs contained never-before-seen alpha builds of certain games. One of those games is MSR, and here for the first time are images of the alpha that was teased in those magazine shots all those years ago. These shots are not from the (earlier) build as seen at Unseen64, but are from a later version where the scope of MSR had begun to take shape. Adding weight to this theory, the notes written on the GD and shown onscreen confirm that date of this build is 04.11.1999 - almost one year to the day that the first (buggy) version of MSR was released to the public on 03.11.2000.
The best bit about this, is that the game is fully playable and features a multitude of circuits and vehicles and even includes a 'free roam' mode where you can literally fly around the entire landscape of the cities and just look at the buildings, parks and streets. We know that there is an unlockable free drive mode in the final version of MSR (available after you complete the main Street Racing career), but to be able to fly around the environments of London, San Francisco and Tokyo is a pretty incredible proposition.
We'll have more on this find in the near future, and hopefully have some video of the game in action but for now, enjoy these images of another game we thought we'd never see. Well, at least not in this form.