Mirror's Edge 2 is how we all referred to the upcoming title when it was first revealed that DICE was working on another Mirror's Edge game. When EA finally confirmed that it was in development for the PS4, we were told not to expect a sequel. The publisher said, "We have landed on a vision that honors the first game but also brings a lot of great new, interesting gameplay and features."
It's a reboot that tells the story of Faith's origin. Design Director Erik Oeldahl said that the events of the first game "don't really exist" but "maybe they will at one time in the future." Check out the announcement trailer below:
DICE said that it wants those who aren't familiar with the first game to be genuinely curious about who Faith is. To achieve this, the developer paid special attention to her physicality, skill, confidence and attitude. The following launch trailer explains why Faith is forced to run for something far more important than herself.
DICE’s Patrick Bach has said that Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will include multiplayer features, but will not have any live competitive modes. There will be an asynchronous connection where a player's actions can affect another's world. You can play offline if you prefer.
Speaking of multiplayer, Mirror's Edge Catalyst comes with Social Play features. The following video tells you what to expect, how to create your own Time Trials, place Beat Location Emitters in the city of Glass for your friends to find, and play the challenging Dashes.
Unlike Mirror's Edge, players will be able to interact with all the objects in Catalyst's environment. According to DICE, everything has a use and isn't just there to look pretty. It's all meant to add to the freedom players will have.
We're told that Mirror's Edge Catalyst will contain extensive parkour, which supports both slower climbing and momentum-based gameplay. Players will be able to choose between a classic control scheme and a "few different control schemes."
When Faith Connors, one of the best Runners in Glass, crosses paths with Gabriel Kruger and the city’s oppressive Conglomerate, she finds herself running for something far more important. Watch the story trailer below and learn how DICE approached Faith's story, the city of glass and its factions.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst got its first ever gameplay trailer (below) at gamescom 2015, which shows "the moment where Faith begins her rise from a carefree runner to the hero the city needs." Check it out.
Guardians, Protectors, Enforcers, and the Sentinels - these are the enemies Faith will find herself up against in Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Each will require a different approach to combat, with Guardians being the easiest to deal with and Sentinels being the toughest. Want some tips on how to defeat enemies? Head over here.
Several factions exist within the city of Glass. Some are against oppression, others support it, and then there are some in between. The Runners chose not to be part of the Conglomerate, which is comprised of 13 corporations that rule Glass. Black November, on the other hand, is a resistance movement led by Rebecca Thane and is hunted by KrugerSec.
In case you missed it, Mirror's Edge Catalyst underwent a closed beta back in April. You can read our impressions here (spoiler: the game looks promising) and watch the videos below to check out some gameplay from the test.
The original game's composer, Solar Fields, is back to work on Mirror's Edge Catalyst. He revealed that he's composing themes for specific missions and acts, and then he'll create different variations of those themes that fit situations such as combat and exploration.
If you pre-order the game via Amazon (availability with retailers may vary), you will receive the Combat & Speed Runner Kit, which includes a combat-themed and speed-themed Projection Shader, a Runner Tag and a unique background. You can also get the kit if you pre-order digitally. Click here for more info.
Available in limited quantities worldwide at select retailers, the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Collector’s Edition is priced at $199.99 and comes with the following:
Mirror's Edge sales fell short of expectations but we're still getting another game. Will the series experience the same luck again? Unlikely. DICE has said that another Mirror's Edge game depends on the consumer, meaning it's down to sales. But if sales are anything like the first game, then that's bad news. In order to justify a sequel, Catalyst needs to attract a large audience as opposed to a cult following.
That said, a Mirror's Edge TV show is apparently in the works, and DICE believes that the franchise will have an "exciting future."