EA: Mirror's Edge sequel will "reach a bigger group of people"

Labels president Frank Gibeau says company has opportunity to grow the audience for upcoming open-world game.

The original Mirror's Edge was a fairly niche game, but its open-world sequel aims to cast a wider net. That's according to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, who told IGN that the pieces are in place for the free-running sequel to grow the franchise's audience.

"Our goal in any product is to try and grow the audience," Gibeau explained. "We're definitely taking into account the opportunity to reach a bigger group of people. We think we've got the right story and accessibility that can do that."

Gibeau added that the original Mirror's Edge sold a couple of million units, so it's "not an art film." Still, he said the franchise has the opportunity to grow with the upcoming sequel.

The Mirror's Edge sequel was announced during EA's E3 briefing earlier this month. Little is known about its gameplay outside of Gibeau describing the game as an "open-world action adventure game."

The game is currently in development for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. According to developer DICE, it will be released "when it's ready."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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gamer85
gamer85

I havent played the original maybe will try this one

straightcur
straightcur

Shooting for bigger audience means, dumbed down gameplay and using less original "standard" gameplay formula. 

LOL'd when he said this is the plan for ALL of their games.... And this is how EA ruins so many game franchises..  they will never learn

CHasingTheSun
CHasingTheSun

Fine by me as long as they don't mess with what made the first one so original and great.

JohnTheGrudge
JohnTheGrudge

As long as it isn't dumbed down to Assassins Creed levels.  It should be a challenge.  Making games easy isn't the answer.  I think it's worth remembering that the only reason this game is happening is because DICE love the original and want to do it.  They're not about to ruin it.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Oh you mean your ganna turn it into an action shooter with free running instead of a free running game with some shooter action? wonderful 

Neurotic_X
Neurotic_X

Can't wait for this.  It should be spectacular.  Well, I certainly hope it gets into more gamer hands.  Mirror's Edge was fantastic and MEdge2 can only be better in every way.  

dalua360
dalua360

When developers say: "will reach a bigger group of people", it translates as: "This game will suck" !

fbgbdk4
fbgbdk4

Well, they're a business, it was the expected behavior. The only opinion they'll care for, is if it flops.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Last time I heard that was regarding Dead Space 3, we all know what happened. Word of advice: Stop fucking with us and ruining franchises EA! are you stupid or what??

Bhargav_pvs
Bhargav_pvs

I've completed the first part and it's a different experience, and I believe this game will be good as well and its visuals are already proving. Cool. 

sujith12
sujith12

anybody get the feeling this game is gona be great

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

If they retain the excellent art style of the game but somehow manage to move away from the excessive trial-and-error. The first game was beautiful to look at and had some great potential but was severely let down but tedious gameplay. And hopefully a more realistic combat system - ie not pitting a lone unarmed girl against highly trained, heavily armoured SWAT teams with automatic weapons!

BIOJECT
BIOJECT

“Our goal in any product is to try and grow the audience,” Welp the beginning of the end for this franchise. EA loves to grow the audience and they will do it by making it appeal to the lowest common denominator. I wouldn't be surprised if they added a multiplayer campaign, coop, and threw out the minimalist gunplay in favor of more guns at the expense of turning the franchise from a unique parkour running game to something stupid and generic

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

Saying this is like a waste of breath... Instead, tell us what kind of new things you added to the game!

RAGEofSTUNTS
RAGEofSTUNTS

Reaching out to a wider audience has never ended well.

jecomans
jecomans

Because I want to play both, I hope there is a decent amount of difference between the styles of the first-person free-running in Mirrors Edge and Dying Light. Notwithstanding that I don't think ME will have too many zombies in it, just in the actually capabilities, flow and dynamics of the running experience itself. 

dinosaur-123
dinosaur-123

traduction , LOLz now it's aiming at the CoDudebro ''gamers'' by incorporating more shooting and not focusing on freeruning and escapes , I was already susbicious by the announcement trailer anyway when it was showing a combat scene,but this just proves my assumptions.

santinegrete
santinegrete

You know some painful mistakes has been made with industry names not only if you game, but also if statements like this worries gamers.

ccj07
ccj07

when they say "Open World", do they also mean 3rd person? Cuz that would be great!

FusionRain
FusionRain

Dose anyone have faith in... Faith this time around. ( I know that was bad lol). Damn EA should have never released this obvious statement. I wish the M.E team at DICE would have said it because they are developing it. When Papa EA puts too much say into it then things can start getting shaky. Really though I don't see why people are too upset. I mean if, and I'm pretty sure they will, add multiplier, Mirror's Edge isn't a fighting or shooting game despite you being able to that. I would love to have live races agents people because racing against peoples ghost got extremely hard. Live races with contact and a bit of randomness with running threw a live city would kick ass. I'm thinking about Jet Set Radio Future. It was a blast to just... go. I see potential in multiplier but if they try to make us fight each other it's gonna fail so hard. Faith doesn't like guns, not her style. I expect them to be in the campaign as is it was int he first but they were minimal and you could choose not to use them. 

Moral of the story, "Papa" EA, back off a bit. Don't get caught with your hand in this cookie jar. Your meddling with a gem here. Let the M.E team at DICE make this a good game. Add your "epic-ness" (said with tons of sarcasm) after they finish the main game.

StealthHimself
StealthHimself

When EA reaches out to a broader audience they produce Simcity 5. This worries me..

sohail5566
sohail5566

is this game a sequel or a reboot

revanknight
revanknight

I hope "wider audience" doesn't mean "more sloppy first-person shooting."

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

so i'm guessing it's going to turn into a fps bullet absorbing self healing blood bath with some running elements instead of visa-versa........ and it's going to suck

dantesergei
dantesergei

I'll never play ME again such a bad game.... and don't even.... i'll pass.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

Never played the first one, but it looked interesting. I'll keep my eye on this. *Follows PS4 version*

Dante0611
Dante0611

So EA is on business again i wonder what they did, add guns or make her go naked on super easy levels that even 5 year old could guess "to reach a broader audience", those are scary words from EA, gaming breaking words, sigh we'll see.

DomZeal
DomZeal

So they're gonna change our agile free-runner girl into an amazon warrior?

archnophobia
archnophobia

@sujith12 This game is going to be a fail, an epic fail. the 1st was made by love and this new Mirror's Edge is made only for Money...

archnophobia
archnophobia

@BIOJECT The 1st one is epic. i love the original Mirror's Edge... i wanna see something good... but when they wanna make ME2 they fail cause the story is end with the 1st. even no way to put some dlc's... but with this new reboot wait from some things that you are not going to like it's after all EA. and Mirror's Edge is all about Single Player. wait and see....

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

@FusionRain @sohail5566 

No, it's actually a reboot that starts before the 2008 game.