Mirror’s Edge 2 in development

News Aaron Birch
21 Nov 2012 - 19:12

A sequel to Mirror’s Edge is in the pipeline, at least according to an ex DICE employee…

Rumoured to be in existence and canned in equal measure, a sequel to the ambitious parkour ‘em up, Mirror’s Edge is, apparently, being worked on by none other than Battlefield developer, DICE.
Ben Cousins, a former producer at DICE who worked on Battlefield has stated, via his Twitter account, that the rooftop-hugging game’s second outing is being worked on.

“It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror's Edge 2 is in production at DICE” he said in his Tweet.

This comes following an OXM interview EA Vice President, Patrick Soderlund. In the interview, he was quoted as stating that DICE isn’t simply going to be pumping out Battlefield-only titles.

“…the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that's intentional, because we don't want to become a Battlefield factory” he said, in response to a question on taking risks, such as the original Mirror’s Edge.

As the Frostbite 2 engine has been appropriated by several studios under EA’s wing, it’s inevitable that new DICE projects be revealed showcasing the team’s talents above and beyond the military FPS, and Mirror’s Edge is one that I’d personally like to see return.

The original game was fairly polarising with critics and gamers alike. Some acknowledged the brave new direction the title took, and embraced the unique style of play, as well as the intentionally minimalist art style, whilst others considered the game to be a failed experiment.

It’s true that the game made a few missteps, such as the awful gun play, sometimes shonky collision detection and occasionally confusing camera, but it did make you feel like a real parkour legend, and the move toward avoidance and agility-based skill, instead of simply mowing down enemy after enemy was quite refreshing.

With a new engine, and tricks learned from other recent projects, Mirror’s Edge 2 could successfully hit that lofty ambition the original failed to hit.

Ben Cousins’ Tweet

OXM’s Soderlund interview

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