The original Mirror’s Edge game was released in 2009 and garnered a bit of a cult following and many are wondering when EA will announce the widely rumoured sequel.
It was different, it was risky and in the end, not many people bought it but the few that did and understood what the game was trying to, do spent endless hours traversing the game’s world looking for the perfect line for the perfect run.
Mirror’s Edge was unlike anything the gaming world had seen before, a game which took elements of racing, athleticism and parkour and threw them in together all in a first-person view. In retrospect, what were EA thinking? The publisher is known for taking the odd risk here and there with titles such as Mirrori’s Edge and the original Dead Space game to name a few, but at the same time it better known for milking the life out of IPs as well.
Mirror’s Edge created enough of a fan base and sold enough copies to warrant a sequel, surely, yet EA has not obliged. There have been plenty of rumours and reports emerging about the game being in development but it has been quite a while since anything has come out of EA.
There were reports that the game was being developed using the Frostbite Engine, and even speculation linking FIFA’s physical impact engine coming into play as well. None of those reports have been confirmed by EA, which makes them about as useful as a fake horn on a unicorn.
It seems that the industry is playing it safe these days with sequels of established series and franchises being given greater emphasis than titles that are pushing boundaries, so to speak. Studios now seem to be using the word ‘optimised’ more than anything else.
Maybe that could be the reason, perhaps EA, like many other developers, is waiting for the next generation of consoles to roll out before announcing the game. With the new platforms still looking to establish themselves and limited choices available to the consumer, an experimental title stands more chance of success. Take Dead Space and Assassin’s Creed, both were something no one had seen before and they did rather well for themselves.
Again this is mere speculation but one has to wonder if making fans wait this long for the sequel is a wise move on EA’s part, especially when it comes to expectations. Or maybe, there won’t be a Mirror’s Edge 2. Either way it seems all fans of the series have now is Faith, pun intended.
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