Mirror’s Edge 2 might end up way different than its predecessor

By on March 2, 2011

We are really worried about Faith’s new adventures that might take place in the sequel of one of the most innovative first person games. Mirror’s Edge was great and we really loved Faith’s parkour abilities. The fact that you couldn’t use most of the guns added a lot to the overall feeling. And we don’t mind if there won’t be a sequel for it. We do mind though if a streamlined sequel comes out.

According to EA’s Games label chief Frank Gibeau, they’re just trying to figure out how to bring Mirror’s Edge back and in what way as that’s part of the creative development process. “What we said internally is: ‘What do we need to do to make [a sequel] a hit?’ We need to go from version one to version two so that it sells two to three times as many, it finds a much bigger audience. The first game from a quality standpoint was good, but now it needs to be great.” said Frank and continued.

“We’re actively working on ideas in the Mirror’s Edge universe, we just haven’t locked yet on a way to bring it back and a way that fans will be excited, but at the same time we can get it to a bigger audience.”

What worries us is the way Frank thinks about the sequel. He specifically said that they need to go to a version that sells two to three times as many. To cater to a bigger audience. To be streamlined. This may literally destroy Mirror’s Edge as we know it. EA may dumb down the game or add some funky features to attract new audience. We can think a lot of games that have fallen into this trap. It’s only natural for a company to want to make more money, but for God’s sake. This is not the way you should be thinking about developing a sequel.

Take for example Unreal Tournament 3, Deus Ex: Invisible War or even Crysis 2. Those games were streamlined to cater to bigger audience and their fanbase was unhappy with that decision. We don’t know yet about Crysis 2, but all of previous games that tried the same thing have failed; whether they were called Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Deus Ex or Command & Conquer. We just hope that EA will not destroy one of the most innovative games we’ve had in the past few years.

Stay tuned for more!

About David Scarpitta

I am a critical guy, and love to review and give my professional opinion on just about anything. Though have a love for tech/gaming and music alongside the cinema. You can catch me consulting and developing the net any day of the week.
  • fmirror2

    Well there goes all of my excitement for mirrors edge 2!!!. And to think that mirrors edge was such a breath of fresh air (and one of my fav games of this gen). After hearing this the only way i will be interested in mirrors edge 2 is if they the ps3 move in it in a truly innovative and meaningful way. If they don’t do that then i will most likely pass on it.