Mirror's Edge 2 Goes Open World

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Mirror's Edge 2 Goes Open World

Mirror's Edge 2 Trailer Screenshot

The first-person parkour game is putting the "free" in free-running.

It seems like you can't develop a Flash game these days without it getting converted into a grand open-world free roaming experience, and EA is nothing if not willing to hop on that bandwagon. EA Labels president Frank Gibeau described the upcoming Mirror's Edge 2 as an "open-world action adventure game" in the company's E3 2013 analyst call. The game will also reboot the franchise (which is currently comprised of two entries: the original Mirror's Edge and its side-scrolling iOS spinoff of the same name).

It's been revealed that the upcoming Mirror's Edge (no more 2) will be a reboot/prequel, exploring the origins of the first game's tattooed protagonist, Faith. "Reboot" may be something of a misnomer, since there's hardly any lore to reboot in the first place, but the new name seems to say otherwise. In any event, you'll be back on the rooftops of the original dystopian city, and if the "open-world" label is to be believed, you'll be able to employ parkour to your heart's content to get around. The first game was pretty linear, with only a handful of alternative routes for those skilled enough to find them, so this represents a pretty major shift in design.

Ignoring the unavoidable confusion that comes with giving every game in the franchise the same name, the change to open-world could be problematic for Mirror's Edge. Linear levels are usually a bad thing, but the original game's free-running system did a great job of letting you take advantage of the environment to forge an interesting path from Point A to Point B. The addition of open world elements could radically improve our appreciation for the game's iconic city, or it could be a fatal disruption to the tightly-designed flow of the first game.

Mirror's Edge is in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: CVG

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I Thought this kind of idea was just wishful thinking on people who had this idea and wanted it implemented..... Didn't think it would happen in this decade, let alone by EA.

Now will just have to wait and see how they handle this, I'm all for the idea but I'm more concerned about the execution, alot of good idea's were hacked due to bad execution in the past, i wonder how they'll make this work.

Captcha Hear hear alright.

I always said first person parkor really is a double-edged sword.

I don't know if Mirror's Edge will be as good as Mirror's Edge, so maybe I'll wait for Mirror's Edge.

HOLY SHITCOCKING FUCK.

Seriously. This news is music to my ears. Not only will it be open-world, but also on the PC? Hellz yeah! This sounds like the proper response to all of the main criticisms of the first game. EA, DON'T FUCK THIS UP. Gaming needs more variety, and we also need more good female protagonists in good games.

Thought this would happen, DICE have hinted/suggested that they want to make an open-world game, and Mirrors edge 1 felt like a proof of concept, can't say I take any issue with this, love me some open world games Can't WAIT!

Now -this- is a good idea. The fact you were so railroaded in ME was one of the issues with it, alongside some dodgy gunplay. This ought be an excellent addition.

Considering that this is an EA Game, I've a feeling that they're going to mess this game somehow. It's not a matter of whether they will, it's a matter of how and how much.

But then again, it's also a game from DICE. Say what you will about their consistent lineup of military shooters, but they're good military shooters. The Frostbite 3 engine makes the game look more beautiful than before, and the sandbox element can really add a dimension unseen in the first game.

But then again, I feel like storytelling is the weakest point of DICE's games (as you can see from the campaign modes of all the Battlefield games). The story for Mirror's Edge was weak enough, but I don't know if they're able to make Mirror's Edge 2's story an improvement from it. Also, I'm afraid EA and DICE are going to fall into the same traps as the previous game and emphasis more on fighting and combat than actual parkour.

So rather than risk disappointment, I'm just going to see what the game itself is like before falling into the hype.

an annoyed writer:
HOLY SHITCOCKING FUCK.

Seriously. This news is music to my ears. Not only will it be open-world, but also on the PC? Hellz yeah! This sounds like the proper response to all of the main criticisms of the first game. EA, DON'T FUCK THIS UP. Gaming needs more variety, and we also need more good female protagonists in good games.

I like your style we should hang out..

Only way this could get better is if there were some sort of Deus Ex, Mirrors edge, Remember me Cross over

Honestly, I think the immense stupidity of the rebooting/titling will be worth it just for the sake of watching how ballistic Yahtzee goes over it once the game comes out.

Mind you, making it open-world was definitely a good move.

Gabe Yaden:

Only way this could get better is if there were some sort of Deus Ex, Mirrors edge, Remember me Cross over

No, you are thinking too small, it would be better if it was all that plus crossovers with other Scifi/Cyberpunk/something I'm trying to remember, works( I can only think of "GiTS" and System shock or portal ATM) and was some new type of RPG-ish parkour-running, Stealth and a bunch of other genres That might come to mind, game that became a new genre....... And probably add time travel to include other games like Thief.

Did i go overboard?

Ldude893:

But then again, I feel like storytelling is the weakest point of DICE's games (as you can see from the campaign modes of all the Battlefield games). The story for Mirror's Edge was weak enough, but I don't know if they're able to make Mirror's Edge 2's story an improvement from it. Also, I'm afraid EA and DICE are going to fall into the same traps as the previous game and emphasis more on fighting and combat than actual parkour.

I remember reading an interview with Rhianna Pratchett where she talked about how she was brought into the project fairly late in it's development, meaning that most of the plot was driven by the level/art/gameplay designers and not the actual writer. She basically had to form a plot around what they'd already programmed.

With any luck they brought on Pratchett, or whoever the writer is this time, much earlier on in the project so they can form a much more integrated story.

I never liked the puzzle platformer part of Mirror's Edge. I just want to "feel the flow", while jumping from rooftop to rooftop, with the same gorgeous backdrops.
So I'm all for the direction they want to take.

Wait hang on.
Did I fall into some kind of alternate universe sometime on Sunday?
First, Microsoft manages to alienate almost its entire devoted fanbase.
Sony actually managed not to suck and die.
Nintendo is making an actual direct sequel to one of the best LoZ games, AND another Pikmin game.
And now this, EA actually doing something customers want.

Anyways, I'm so excited. The linear world was my only sort-of problem with Mirror's Edge. SO YAY.

an annoyed writer:
HOLY SHITCOCKING FUCK.

Seriously. This news is music to my ears. Not only will it be open-world, but also on the PC? Hellz yeah! This sounds like the proper response to all of the main criticisms of the first game. EA, DON'T FUCK THIS UP. Gaming needs more variety, and we also need more good female protagonists in good games.

And more female protagonists who AREN'T overly sexualized.

There's no doubt that this woman is "attractive" (ie~ skinny, etc.), but she's also Asian and doesn't scream "DO ME!" like most other female protagonists. *cough*Bayonetta*cough*

I never played mirror's edge and probably never will. But mirror's edge 2 is definitely on my radar.

Hot damn! This is an unexpected development...

Well, bring it on, DICE! My body could not be more ready for more Mirror's Edge.

Mr.Tea:
Hot damn! This is an unexpected development...

Well, bring it on, DICE! My body could not be more ready for more Mirror's Edge.

Now just imagine all of the Mirrors Edge Rule34.

And my interest has peaked. Like you said DICE/EA, release the game "When It's Ready".

How exactly does ONE entry in a series warrant a reboot? It should be called a Mulligan.

MorphingDragon:

Mr.Tea:
Hot damn! This is an unexpected development...

Well, bring it on, DICE! My body could not be more ready for more Mirror's Edge.

Now just imagine all of the Mirrors Edge Rule34.

No need to imagine, just google it. Plenty of it already exists. And plenty more will follow, because Rule 34.

Go to www.mirrorsedge.com to read a pretty heartfelt, reassuring letter from the produce.

I'm hyped.

Sounds awesome. I just hope that Open world means lots and lots of roofs to go hurl yourself off of.

an annoyed writer:

MorphingDragon:

Mr.Tea:
Hot damn! This is an unexpected development...

Well, bring it on, DICE! My body could not be more ready for more Mirror's Edge.

Now just imagine all of the Mirrors Edge Rule34.

No need to imagine, just google it. Plenty of it already exists. And plenty more will follow, because Rule 34.

I prefer imagine, its less soul destroying.

If it turns into Assassin's Creed I'm gonna be extremely disappointed.

But if you don't fuck it up I might consider finally getting Origin on my computer.

Well, that's a bit of a bummer, at least for me. I struggle to focus in open world games. I like my games like books. A bit old fashioned perhaps, but that's just the way it is.

"Reboot" may be something of a misnomer, since there's hardly any lore to reboot in the first place,

Huh, did you even play the game? There is plenty of lore in the game delivered through infomercials throughout the game as well as the cutscenes and the game itself.

So we have two different games with the same name. Awesome. Ten years from now is going to be a nightmare for someone searching for either the first or second one..

an annoyed writer:

MorphingDragon:

Mr.Tea:
Hot damn! This is an unexpected development...

Well, bring it on, DICE! My body could not be more ready for more Mirror's Edge.

Now just imagine all of the Mirrors Edge Rule34.

No need to imagine, just google it. Plenty of it already exists. And plenty more will follow, because Rule 34.

Bah, as far as I'm concerned R34 is only good for a laugh every now and then. That's because it almost always comes across as trying so hard to be shocking... like goastse (do not ever google that). I guess it just attracts a lot more trolls than fans obsessed enough to see or draw their favourite characters naked.

Mr.Tea:

an annoyed writer:

MorphingDragon:

Now just imagine all of the Mirrors Edge Rule34.

No need to imagine, just google it. Plenty of it already exists. And plenty more will follow, because Rule 34.

Bah, as far as I'm concerned R34 is only good for a laugh every now and then. That's because it almost always comes across as trying so hard to be shocking... like goastse (do not ever google that). I guess it just attracts a lot more trolls than fans obsessed enough to see or draw their favourite characters naked.

Yeah, I'm with you there. Most of that shit isn't even arousing, and some of it is just a total mood-killer. I'd say "don't look up so-and-so but in reality all it's going to do is have the Streisand Effect on somebody.

The:
So we have two different games with the same name. Awesome. Ten years from now is going to be a nightmare for someone searching for either the first or second one..

Bit off topic here: nice new profile pic! I remember that episode and how uncomfortable the atmosphere of it was.

SWEET! That was the one thing I hated about ME1, that it was so bloody linear. But that naming scheme... At least add a "prequelish" subtitle like Origin or something (EA/DICE do not use Origin for a subtitle. Be more imaginative than me.)

an annoyed writer:

Seriously. This news is music to my ears. Not only will it be open-world, but also on the PC? Hellz yeah! This sounds like the proper response to all of the main criticisms of the first game. EA, DON'T FUCK THIS UP. Gaming needs more variety, and we also need more good female protagonists in good games.

Took the words right out of my mouth. I just hope DICE fleshes out the controls a bit.

I didn't really have issue with them like many did, but they were a tad unresponsive sometimes.

Linear levels are usually a bad thing...

I still don't understand the prevailing opinion on this forum that linear=bad.

Sure, there are plenty of examples of bad games; both new and old; that utilized copious levels of linearity to their map designs. That doesn't mean linear levels are bad by default.

Unless some of you are willing to admit open-world design is bad as well, since there are plenty of bad games with open-world structures.

AAAAAAHHHHH SQUEEE SQUEEE SQUEEE SQUEEE SQUEEE

The only thing it will take to make this work is lots of time, and DICE is ready to give the game the needed time for this.

Oh my, I think I peed myself...

Yeah, I don't like free roaming games, but, hey, this is pretty much what all gamers want these days.

Very excited for this game. Although, I don't know about Faith's new, more realistic design. Looks a little creepy somehow.

Gabe Yaden:
Only way this could get better is if there were some sort of Deus Ex, Mirrors edge, Remember me Cross over

I would totally play that.

OT: I'm alright with DICE forgetting the first Mirror's Edge exists. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely freakin' love it, but the story won't exactly enrich a sequel in my opinion.

What I don't understand is why they're simply calling the sequel "Mirror's Edge," I mean that's just confusing. Why not go with the tried and trusted colon/subtitle system?

Mirror's Edge: Origins
Mirror's Edge: Revelations
Mirror's Edge: Revengeance
Mirror's Edge: Chronicles
Mirror's Edge: Combat Evolved

You're welcome, DICE.

What's with all these next-gen games being free-roaming all of a sudden? First you've got all the games that're supposed to be free-roam, your Assassin's Creed/Watch_Dogs/Elder Scrolls/Saints Row/GTA/Dark Souls/MMOs, and now franchises are weirdly branching out - Metal Gear? Free-roaming. Mirror's Edge? Free-roaming. Pretty sure there's another oddball that's come up in E3, but it escapes me.

The free-roaming might backfire, it might not. That's something that I'll decide for myself. The only thing that could put me off buying this is if EA screws with the gameplay too much - the trailer was too combat oriented for my liking, I want parkour which makes me scratch my noggin and enemies who should be run past, not fought.

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