Electronic Arts made a big splash at E3 2013 during its press conference on Monday, in which the first official announcement for a Mirror’s Edge sequel was made. While this year has arguably been among the most exciting of E3’s history, DICE wisely saved the best for last when showing the teaser trailer for their cult hit, and it paid off. Not much is known about the planned reboot, but EA promises it will be an “open-world action adventure game” that aims to stay true to the original.
EA Labels President Frank Gibeau used these words while discussing Mirror’s Edge 2 and EA’s product portfolio for fiscal year 2014. EA Games Exec VP Patrick SÃ¶derlund also commented on the nature of the reboot, saying it “will be more of an action adventure game, but true to what the first one was to a large extent.” SÃ¶derlund also acknowledged that EA has been aware of the desire for a sequel for a long time, but decided to move forward on a concept that would flourish on next-generation consoles.
“The interesting part is that it was a game that could only be built in [next-generation consoles] and that was cool – I liked that. Because what they’re doing, you can’t do – it’s not possible on the current generation.”
Though Mirror’s Edge 2 aims to fix the missteps of the original 2008 free-running title, SÃ¶derlund is clear that DICE will not be walking the same path. This makes sense, considering a sizable problem for the game is the free-running mechanic, which is largely based on quickly traversing through levels while avoiding enemies.
“I think we missed completely on the game being too difficult, people keep falling down and the notion of constantly running away wasn’t maybe greatly perceived. On top of that there were a bunch of other problems with it, but again we look at what’s great with it, we do more of that and we fix the things that were broken.”
On the flipside, SÃ¶derlund embraced fan appreciation for the art direction and overall style and feel of the game, and the small view given by the teaser shows the atmosphere of Mirror’s Edge 2 does not feel dissimilar to the original. He also explained that more big things are coming, and we are excited to see what DICE and EA have been up to these past few years.
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Mirror’s Edge 2 is a planned reboot to the 2008 free-running action title Mirror’s Edge, in development by DICE and set to release “when it’s ready” for Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC.
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