When EA and DICE revealed that they were working on a new Mirror’s Edge, the crowd that had gathered at the pre-E3 press event exploded into cheers and raucous applause. Fans had been clamouring for more first-person parkouring with Faith, and the excitement at the announcement was undeniable. That was in 2013, and back then the game was called Mirror’s Edge 2. It isn’t anymore.
In order to underline just how much this new game isn’t a sequel to the original Mirror’s Edge from 2008, DICE has renamed their new baby and given it the subtitle of Catalyst. “The team has spent a lot of time re-evaluating every aspect of the game and making it a new experience,” senior producer Sara Jansson said on the game’s official website. “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.”
Jansson also thanked fans for their patience: it’s been two years since we found out about a new Mirror’s Edge and DICE is yet to show off anything concrete. That changes next week when E3 kicks off on 16 June; Jansson has stated that we’ll finally get to see the game.