Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has officially been announced today following its first teaser trailer two years ago at E3 2013. It will be developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE), and will release Q1 2016 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The following press announcement was made over at the official site of the game:
Two years ago we revealed that we were making a new Mirror’s Edge™. Last year, we gave you a behind the scenes look into some of the early progress we had made. And though we haven’t said much else in all that time, we have been listening. Thank you for your incredible passion and your patience. I’m excited to tell you that it’s paid off — by this time next week, you will have finally seen more of the game at E3.
Mirror’s Edge has always had a special place in the hearts of all of us at DICE. The first game had a lot of promise. It was unlike anything else in terms of the gameplay and style — it had a unique soul. But as much as we loved that game, we knew it could be more. So that’s what we have set out to do as we introduce Mirror’s Edge to a new generation.
The team has spent a lot of time re-evaluating every aspect of the game and making it a new experience. This is not a sequel, this is not Mirror’s Edge 2. We have landed on a vision that honors the first game — pushing the boundaries of first person movement and diving deeper into the story behind our heroine Faith — but also brings a lot of great new, interesting gameplay and features to the experience for our players.
So on behalf on the entire team here at DICE, we can’t wait to show you what we have been pouring our heart and soul into. We can’t wait to introduce you to Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst appears to be a prequel of sorts, or perhaps even a reboot of the franchise. It is worth noting that Mirror’s Edge released in 2008 so perhaps the latter choice would be better to suited to drawing in a new, wider audience. Let’s just hope the game doesn’t include those awful animated cutscenes the original did.