E3 '07: DICE sharpening Mirror's Edge

Swedish studio expanding beyond its signature Battlefield franchise with "revolutionary new take on first-person action" for PC, 360, and PS3.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.--Five years after Battlefield 1942 hit the market, the Battlefield franchise has expanded far beyond World War II. Battlefield 2 took the series into the present, while Battlefield 2142 vaulted it into the future. Battlefield: Modern Combat brought the hallowed PC shooter to consoles, and Battlefield: Bad Company will inject humor into the series when it arrives on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year.

Today, though, Stockholm-based developer EA DICE, formerly Digital Illusions CE, announced it is expanding its portfolio beyond Battlefield. This morning, the Electronic Arts-owned shop announced it will release an all-new game, Mirror's Edge, for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 sometime in 2008.

Details are currently slim on Mirror's Edge, but that didn't stop DICE from unloading plenty of hype about the game. "We made the sandbox experience viable and enjoyable in Battlefield and now, we are looking to do something radical with the traditional, established mechanics of first-person movement," promised Patrick Soderlund, EA DICE's general manager, in a statement.

How will movement be different in Mirror's Edge? The game's senior producer, Owen O’Brien, dropped a few oblique hints. "We want to change the way that players are able to move in first person," he said. "No more restrictions, no more being blocked by simple barriers such as walls and fences. We want to enable the player to move like a real person, with the ability to run, jump, vault, and slide in a way that has never been seen before in a first-person game."

Discussion

56 comments
brunolp
brunolp

Yet another reason: GO NEXT GEN! This is some serious Le Parkour Shi*

cosmin_dark
cosmin_dark

This will b333 the B3333st GAM3333333333 3V3RRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ignamatador
ignamatador

The best thing on a game is the movement

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

I hope they finally realize you can't jump from a straight still position and strafe as fast as you can run forward. But if this thing is like all realistic and adventurous, seemingly in urban environments, I think I'd love this game.

bevar
bevar

I wouldn't get too excited yet. There are allot of great developers out there. Why haven't they incorporated this in their games? It's easy to say they are going to do something, let's see if they can do it.

director1234
director1234

oh man, battlefield is already a great game, but now with better graphics, what looks like modern if not near future, great gameplay in a sandbox world? whens it coming out again?

bballchamp6
bballchamp6

Good! Maybe I'm the only one but i get really ticked in games where every character seems realistic and moving except... the one you play. i think its really time to move on from the fps of halo and counterstrike and to make something that is a more believable fps experience. Also, I'm glad that you will be able to see your Frigging feet in this game

mechworrior762
mechworrior762

It looks really buetiful. That plus a sandbox effect plust this movement thing, gonna be pretty sweet.

16bitmaster
16bitmaster

Seems like a game thats the same as any other fps, screens look ok though

axelviiii
axelviiii

A most intriguing prospect. I must check it out.

sturshel
sturshel

sounds good, cant wait for some more details

Trollbane
Trollbane

Screens look good, not enough details :(

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

sounds good. although some support after game is completed would be nice. i wouldn't mind paying an extra 10-20 bucks on all my games if that happened

Blisster
Blisster

Tantalizing details, but so little to go on. I'm intrigued.

respessz
respessz

So you are a Traceur with a gun... sounds awesome cant wait to see more of this game

alphawolf_0
alphawolf_0

wow. if they can get rid of restrictions ike that and make a true sandbox game in a city that looks as good as the screen shots then thatll be pretty sweet

ccooke
ccooke

This looks amazing!

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

I look forward to seeing more on this game, any kind of improvement on any formula is a welcome addition in my book, as long as it does feel new and never before used.

mechworrior762
mechworrior762

Huh. The whole movent thing might be cool, but I hope they don't just focus on movent and end up crappy gameplay.

manw3ll
manw3ll

this game is gona be amazing! have you seen the screens in last months EDGE mag

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Hope the PC version isn't a crappy port

lukepow
lukepow

yeah, it looks promising as long as it isn't just another online first person shooter with no real single player mode. don't get me wrong, I love the battlefield series and have spent countless hours playing it, but I have always wanted a game with a little more depth and this could be it.

FetFnask
FetFnask

Think of it as a mix of parcour and shooting. Like the intro scene to the newest Bond movie.

mooseman721
mooseman721

2142 was pretty bad, bf2 is great though so i hope they come up with the goodies again

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

this really looks promising with the history of them and Battlefield..

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

DICE is a good developer, I am going to watch this game closely

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

movement has needed revision for some time, games like gears siad no jump button, just context sensitive interactions, i feel this is the future of none UT games, so i'd like to see that refined and brought to a fps.

linkzero
linkzero

Sounds like they want to take the idea of freedom from Assassin's Creed and apply it to and FPS. :)

Gruug
Gruug

They haven't fixed BF2142 and yet they are expanding into other ventures. My take on EA/Dice is the same.......lame!

gamer_girl15
gamer_girl15

Now there's an interesting idea! Can't wait to see what they mean by "We want to change the way that players are able to move in first person" :shock:

Jared_Vegeta
Jared_Vegeta

Sounds interesting enough. Now if they could get some footage or actual news out about the game rather just giving vague explinations, we might be in business.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Would be interesting to see them hopefully reveal more on this sometime in the future.

Contrendo-X
Contrendo-X

Hopefully the Swedish PC Gamer will have more info when the next issue comes, Since DICE is Swedish.

_IRONBERG_
_IRONBERG_

Let´s hope for a new Pinball Dreams. :)

bdavis801
bdavis801

i would like to see it....hope it's good.

thebubbleprince
thebubbleprince

Well hope the new ideas work and no simple glicthes that always happen in the Battlefield Series. The glitches were to much for in BF2 so i just quit playing it.

Agreb91
Agreb91

New ideas I look forward too. Hopefully it will work.

Amasandus
Amasandus

I'm surprised GameSpot don't know more about this game, there's a whole feature on it in Edge Magazine in the UK (but then again, maybe it was an exclusive). I was sceptical about the idea but after reading the article, I'm quitely confident they can do something with this, despite my not liking battlefield too much. It's got a nice style to it too. Definite potential.

GMAN32X
GMAN32X

This is the kind of gameplay mechanic that is difficult to get right, but easy to screw up. Let's wait and see how it turns out.

cameron_love
cameron_love

sounds to me they are just putting animation in so that when you approach a door it automatically sticks an arm out which opens the door for you rather than just click a button and it swings open magically as present, same with a fence, instead of having to walk around a fence or pressing the jump button, if you walk up to it and keep pushing it will jump you over by having your arms appear, grab the fence and hurl you over without needing to press any button. That way you dont need a USE buton or maybe even a JUMP button which frees them up for other uses. I am sure i read this news from them about 3 or 4 days ago tho si not sure if it has already been announced.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Hopefully this will turn out alright. "Revolutionary" ideas don't always work too well.

drgrady
drgrady

So Prince of Persia movement in a FPS?

tobba_lobba
tobba_lobba

I guess it'll be like Mario, in mario 64, when he moves into a wall he begins to push it... but when link in ocarina of time walks into a wall he justs walks as if he was trying to run right through it. I guess it'll be something like that they're working on... but more advanced :P

StephenHu
StephenHu

Free roaming, parkour, online FPS, AWESOME!!