According to an update on the official Mirror’s Edge website, the second game in the Mirror’s Edge franchise is set to be called ‘Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst’, and it isn’t a sequel.
In a statement written by Senior producer Sara Jansson, she explained that after some re-evaluation, they thought it best to make the second game ‘honor the first game’, which has apparently skewed the direction of development.
“Mirror’s Edge has always had a special place in the hearts of all of us at DICE. The first game had a lot of promise. It was unlike anything else in terms of the gameplay and style — it had a unique soul. But as much as we loved that game, we knew it could be more. So that’s what we have set out to do as we introduce Mirror’s Edge to a new generation.
“The team has spent a lot of time re-evaluating every aspect of the game and making it a new experience. This is not a sequel, this is not Mirror’s Edge 2. We have landed on a vision that honors the first game — pushing the boundaries of first person movement and diving deeper into the story behind our heroine Faith — but also brings a lot of great new, interesting gameplay and features to the experience for our players.”
While that all sounds well and good, it’ll be interesting to see what DICE has to show us at the EA press conference on June 15th at E3. The word ‘Catalyst’ has me thinking this will be a prequel, fleshing out Faith’s story about how she became a runner and why. The original was not highly praised for its story, so hopefully catalyst will do better in that respect.
That being said, I am a huge fan of the original game, and I’m really glad that the second game in the franchise didn’t turn to vaporware. Full steam ahead for E3 hype!
Are you excited for Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst? Were you a fan of the original? Let me know in the comments!