Looks like Faith will be officially making her return in early 2016 with the launch of Mirror’s Edge 2. According to a financial earnings presentation by Electronic Arts, Mirror’s Edge 2 is set to debut in the first three months of 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, giving many fans a sigh of relief.
Battlefield developer DICE is returning to their parkour inspired story driven first person runner(?), a fan favorite that was a critical darling for approaching the first person shooter genre without an emphasis on combat but rather environment traversal. The original game came out in 2009 and is one of my personal favorites of last generation with a slick interface and setting, memorable characters and intuitive gameplay that relied heavily on reaction time to simple color changes.
Mirror’s Edge was thoughtful in a genre filled with mindless explosions, and required deft reflexes compared to its more blunt compatriots.
To say that I am excited for Mirror’s Edge 2 would be an understatement, but I have long had doubts that this game would ever see the light of day. DICE is hardly the company they were 6 years ago as they rarely experiment with their development and have preferred to stay safe by developing Battlefield games, which has worked for them. But for a company coming off the release of a Battlefield spin-off, the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront and an eventual return to core Battlefield, Mirror’s Edge 2 seemed like a far-off passion project.
Early 2016 is the right time for this game to come out as it will be coming out in a relatively lighter period where publishers are more prone to experiment. It avoids the logjam of the fall and the typically dead summer. So let’s get the word out that Mirror’s Edge 2 is actually happening and maybe we won’t have to wait another 7 years for Mirror’s Edge 3.