After many, many leaks and rumours, EA officially revealed Mirror’s Edge 2 at E3 2013. It was an announcement that made me very happy as having been a huge fan of the first game, a sequel is something that I’ve been waiting for with much anticipation.
Though not too much is known about where the developers hope to take Faith’s second outing, IGN recently sat down with EA Labels President Frank Gibeau in order to find out why the company thinks that now is the right time for the Mirror’s Edge franchise to return.
“I think the time is right now because we’ve got a creative idea,” Gibeau told IGN. “We have a great story planned. With all the gen 4 technology, we can re-create that magic of running across rooftops and experiencing a city from a different point of view through the character of Faith. Performance, animation, all those technologies that are now in gen 4, that extra computing power is going to be able to take Mirror’s Edge to the next level. We’ve always been thinking about it, but a bunch of things came together – the right story, the right leadership team, and the right capabilities from this new hardware – that got us to commit and go for it.”
“Our goal in any product is to try and grow the audience,” Gibeau explained. “We’re definitely taking into account the opportunity to reach a bigger group of people. We think we’ve got the right story and accessibility that can do that. It’s a title that did multiple millions of units, so it has a fairly widespread audience. It’s not an art film. But we do see an opportunity to grow it.”
We know that the game will be using DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine and that it will be open-world, but aside from that, we don’t have too many details on gameplay and how it will differ and/or improve on what we saw in the original. Gibeau did state though that they want to make the game feel “alive and big and epic.”
It’s still early days for this one and likely, we won’t be hearing any additional details for a while. Though I’m definitely eager to hear more on where the team hopes to take the franchise with this sequel, just the very fact that it is indeed in development and that we are guaranteed another Mirror’s Edge game is enough to keep me happy.
Tell us, will you be picking up Mirror’s Edge 2? What changes/improvements do you hope to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below.