It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly eight years since Electronic Arts unveiled the original Mirror’s Edge, a first-person parkour action game that saw players running and jumping from rooftop to rooftop in a seemingly Utopian city skyline. The game wasn’t a big seller, but it earned a lot of recognition for doing something different for the genre and not relying on shooting in a shooter-heavy market.
Since its release in fall 2008, fans have clamored for a Mirror’s Edge sequel from EA and developer DICE (the makers of the Battlefield series and upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront) and it’s finally inching closer. Announced at EA’s E3 2013 press conference, a followup is indeed on the way for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and next week Electronic Arts will finally have a full unveiling of Mirror’s Edge 2.
Except, it won’t be titled that, nor will it be a sequel. Early reports had the new Mirror’s Edge pegged as a prequel, fleshing out the original story of the game’s protagonist, Faith, but it was labeled a reboot of sorts “for the next generation” by the publisher, a fresh start. We now know that it’s actually going to be titled Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.
With the Los Angeles Convention Center hosting E3 2015 next week, North America’s largest video game trade show, leaks and news tend to surface in the days leading up to the event’s press conferences that take place before the show floor opens. And yesterday, Catalyst was revealed when EA trademarked the name in Europe, followed by registering the domain mirrorsedgecatalyst.com. With the word out, spreading quickly, they took to Twitter to tease the official title.
Faith is going to be a “catalyst for change” it would seem. The second highlighted line, about a substance that “increases the rate of chemical reaction” seems to be a nod to the gameplay itself, perhaps even an in-game adrenaline-esque drug that allows the playable characters to perform the intense physical action and combat the devs are promoting.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will release in early 2016.