When Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was announced, DICE stopped short of calling it a reboot, but it did say that it’s no Mirror’s Edge 2. A lot of people have said that the developer has been a bit vague about whether the game is a prequel, sequel or a reboot, but during gamescom 2015, the company confirmed that Catalyst is indeed a reboot. Speaking to IGN, Design Director Erik Oeldahl said:
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is a reboot. We basically took the things we really liked about the first game. Faith, first and foremost, the first-person free-running gameplay, and also the aesthetics, which we’ve built on, of course. But it’s a reboot.
Oeldahl went on to say that the game tells the story of Faith’s origin.
We’re telling Faith’s origin story, so the events of the first game actually don’t really exist. Maybe they will at one time in the future.